Berlin: Theater des Westens

Country: Germany (Deutschland)
State: Berlin
City: Berlin
Location: Charlottenburg, Kantstraße 9-12

Built 1895-1896 by Bernhard Sehring as a private theatre for "Theater des Westens GmbH" (Bernhard Sehring and Paul Blumenreich). Opened 1 Oct 1896 with Holger Drachmann's fairytale drama "Tausendundeine Nacht". From 1898, used as an opera theatre. Re-opened 15 Sep 1898 with Meyerbeer's "Les Huguenots". From, 1909 used as an operetta theatre. Destroyed by a fire on 25 Aug 1912. Subsequently rebuilt. From 1922, again used as opera theatre by the "Große Volksoper" company. Closed 1924. 1933 re-opened as "Volksoper", a part of the Nazi "Kraft durch Freude" programme (also known as "Ley-Haus" after the "Kraft durch Freude" director, Robert Ley). Closed 1944. Auditorium roof damaged, technical wing destroyed in World War II. 1945 auditorium roof provisionally rebuilt. From 1945, home to the "Städtische Oper" company. 1950 foyer rebuilding to simplified designs by F. H. Sobotka and G. Müller. Since 1961, used as an operetta and musical theatre after the "Städtische Oper" company had moved to the new "Deutsche Oper Berlin". Re-opened 1 Oct 1961 with Loewe's "My fair Lady". 1962 modernization and rebuilding. 1978 modernization of stage technology. Re-opened as a musical theatre with Kander's "Cabaret". 1981-1982 rebuilding of the auditorium roof to Sehring's original design. 1984 restoration of auditorium and foyers to Sehring's original designs. New auditorium ceiling painting by Manfred Blessmann. 1988 exterior restoration.

Notable world premieres:

  • Leon Jessel: Die beiden Husaren (6 Feb 1913)
  • Jean Gilbert: Die Frau im Hermelin (23 Aug 1919)
  • Leon Jessel: Schwalbenhochzeit (28 Jan 1921)
  • Eduard Künneke: Die lockende Flamme (27 Dec 1933)
  • Walter Wilhelm Goetze: Der goldene Pierrot (31 Mar 1934)
  • Werner Egk: Circe (18 Dec 1948)
  • Boris Blacher: Ein preußisches Märchen (23 Sep 1952)
  • Luigi Nono: Der rote Mantel (20 Sep 1954)
  • Hans Werner Henze: König Hirsch (23 Sep 1956)
  • Boris Blacher: Rosamunde Floris (22 Sep 1960)
  • Rio Reiser: Robinson 2000 (30 June 1967)

Links: www.theater-des-westens.de

[Berlin: Theater des Westens] Front Text: signed: "Carl Jander Berlin"
Handwritten Front Text: "Theater des Westens, Charlottenburg"
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Berlin to Wiesbaden, 1901

[Berlin: Theater des Westens] Front Text: "Gruss aus dem Grand Restaurant Theater des Westens, Inhaber Hermann Bachmann", above left and right: "Theatergarten" [theatre garden], below: "Eingang zum Garten" [garden entrance]
Publisher: Verlag Georg Kaminsky Nachf., Berlin
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: within Berlin, 1902

[Berlin: Theater des Westens] Front Text: "Theater des Westens, Café des Westens"
Handwritten Front Text: dated 9 Jan 1905
Publisher: L. Saalfeld, Berlin; 598
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Berlin to Harsleben bei Halberstadt [postmark removed]

[Berlin: Theater des Westens] Front Text: "Berlin, Theater des Westens"
Publisher: A. Sternberg, Hamburg; 17595
Type: Moonlight Card; Divided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Berlin to München, 1912

[Berlin: Theater des Westens] Front Text: inscription: "Hanc domum artis colendae causa condidit anno MDCCCLXXXXVI Bernhard Sehring"
Reverse Text:
Publisher: Theater des Westens, Berlin
Type: Advertisment Card with pre-printed ticket order form
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Berlin: Theater des Westens] Reverse Text: "Theater des Westens zwischen Zoo und Kurfürstendamm spielt ganzjährig Operetten und Musicals - erbaut 1896 von Bernhardt Sehring"
Publisher: Theater des Westens, Berlin
Type: Souvenir Card (not intended for postal use)
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Berlin: Theater des Westens] Picture: left: Delphi-Filmpalast cinema, right: Theater des Westens after the 1982 roof restoration
Reverse Text: "Theater des Westens"
Publisher: Ute + Bern Eickemeyer, Berlin; Berlin Nr. B91
Type: Moonlight Card
Size: Modern
Not sent.

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


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