A diverse programme
Duisburg Theatre is one of the city’s most striking buildings. Based on a design by architect Martin Dülfer, it was built from 1911 to 1912 in the neoclassical style and has 1,117 seats. The building was badly damaged during the Second World War and rebuilt from 1946 onwards.
Duisburg Theatre is a multifunctional venue and is home to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, a theatre group formed by the cities of Duisburg and Düsseldorf in 1956, the Ballett am Rhein and the Duisburg Philharmoniker, which were formed in 1877. The theatre does not have its own theatre company, which is why major theatres in the German-speaking world regularly stage guest productions. The THEATERTREFFEN held as part of the Duisburger Akzente festival attracts a great deal of attention every year.
The venue is also home to the Spielbetrieb youth theatre in Duisburg and stages the highly acclaimed productions featuring budding actors in FOYER III.
The façade of Duisburg Theatre bears a quote from Friedrich Schiller’s Homage of the Arts, which translates as follows: ‘With all its depths, with all its heights serene, I life's great map before thy view unroll. When thou hast once the world's great drama seen, thou comest back more rich to thine own soul.’