Berlin: Maxim-Gorki-Theater

Country: Germany (Deutschland)
State: Berlin
City: Berlin
Location: Mitte, Am Festungsgraben 2 (off Unter den Linden, behind the Neue Wache)

Built 1825-1827 as "Haus der Singakademie für Musik- und Kulturgeschichte" by Karl Theodor Ottmer (using a design by Karl Friedrich Schinkel). Opened 8 Apr 1827 with a mass by Carl Friedrich Fasch and a chorale by Carl Friedrich Zelter. Used as concert hall by the Singakademie choral concerts and for scholarly lectures (e. g. by Alexander von Humboldt). 1848 rebuilding by H. Bürder, subsequently used for conventions of the Nationalversammlung. 1865 interior alterations by Martin Gropius, installation of a concert organ. 1875 extension by a staircase wing by M. Helwig. 1888 interior alterations and extension by a second staircase wing by Reimer & Körte. Destroyed by bombs on 22 Nov 1943.

1947 rebuilding of the exterior and conversion to a drama theatre (including the addition of a fly tower) by Fritz Bornemann and Rey. Subsequently operated as a theatre by the neighbouring "Haus der Kultur der Sowjetunion". 1952 renamed "Maxim-Gorki-Theater" in honour of the Russian author, Maxim Gorki (1868-1936). Re-opened 30 Oct 1952 with "Für die auf See". Since then used as a drama theatre by the resident company. 441 seats.

Notable world premieres:

  • Heiner Müller: Die Korrektur (15 May 1958)
  • Peter Hacks: Rosie träumt (19 Dec 1975)

Link: www.gorki.de

[Berlin: Maxim-Gorki-Theater] Picture: Sing-Akademie, 1842
Reverse Text: "Vor 200 Jahren, am 24. Mai 1791, gründete Carl Friedrich Fasch einen Chor, der Vorläufer der Sing-Akademie war, die noch heute ein fester Bestandteil des Berliner Musiklebens it. Die Karte zeigt die 1824-1826 erbaute Sing-Akademie im Jahre 1842."
Stamp: "Deutsche Bundespost, 200 Jahre Sing-Akademie zu Berlin"
Postmark: "Erstausgabetag, 1000 Berlin 12, Sing-Akademie zu Berlin, 9.4.1991"
Publisher: Deutsche Maximumkarte, Edition Maxiphil, Bund 33/91, 9. 4.1991
Type: Maximum Card
Size: Modern

Detail:
[Berlin: Maxim-Gorki-Theater]

[Berlin: Maxim-Gorki-Theater] First Day Cover, 9 Apr 1991
Picture: interior of the Sing-Akademie during the 1848 Nationalversammlung
Front Text: "200 Jahre Sing-Akademie - Ersttagsbrief - First Day Cover"
Reverse Text: history of the Sing-Akademie, and a short notice mentioning the designer of stamp, postmark, and first day cover, Prof. Fritz-Dieter Rothacker
Stamp: "Deutsche Bundespost, 200 Jahre Sing-Akademie zu Berlin"
Postmark: "Erstausgabetag, 1000 Berlin 12, Sing-Akademie zu Berlin, 9.4.1991"
Publisher: Deutsche Bundespost; Künstler-Ersttagsbrief 17/1991
Size: 16.4 x 9.5 cm

[Berlin: Maxim-Gorki-Theater] Front Text: inscription: "Maxim-Gorki-Theater"
Reverse Text: "Berlin, Maxim-Gorki-Theater"
Publisher: VEB Volkskunstverlag, Reichenbach i. V.; V 11 28 A 246/57
Type: Real Photo
Size: Classic
Sent: from Berlin to Plauen i. V., 1962

[Berlin: Maxim-Gorki-Theater] Front Text: inscription: "Maxim-Gorki-Theater"
Reverse Text: "Berlin - Hauptstadt der DDR - Maxim-Gorki-Theater, Berlin - Stolica GDR - Teatr im. Maksima Gorkovo"
Publisher: VEB Bild und Heimat, Reichenbach i. V.; V 11 50 A 1 B 22 73
Size: Modern
Sent: from Berlin to Lübeck, 1977

For other postcards of this theatre, see Berlin: Cards showing various theatres.


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