Few neighbourhoods illustrate Berlin's transformation as its district Kreuzberg. All the hippies, artists and international guests make Kreuzberg the cultural hub of Berlin. This Kiez offers some of the cities best food, nightlife and entertainment. As my friends and guests always ask me, what they could do in the city, I made a list of my Top 5 theaters in Kreuzberg.
The Ballhaus Naunynstraße in the Kreuzberg initiated a discourse about post-migrant cultural production that has had lasting effect on the German-speaking theatrical landscape. Alongside updating post-migrant histories, the Ballhaus offers a space for experimentation.
Station: U1, U8 Kottbusser Tor
The name says it all: The English Theater Berlin exclusively presents English-speaking plays, performances and Made-in-Berlin productions. It hosts concerts, comedy shows and dance performances from the lively English-speaking theater and music scene in Berlin.
Located in Kreuzberg since 1988, BKA is a gem among Berlin's cabaret theatres. Today the theater offers cabaret, comedy, improvisation theater, concerts and musicals. In the morning you can visit English-speaking children's theater and every Tuesday the „Unerhörte Musik“ (incredible music), which is the only weekly concert series for contemporary music in Germany.
If you are late for the show and need a quick bit, just go to Curry36 and have a "Currywurst" (a must eat in Berlin).
The theater Thikwa focuses on the expression of differences and similarities of disabled and non-disabled actors. In the romantic Mühlenhaupthöfen of Kreuzberg they present dance performances, text-based theater, music theater and comedies.
10965 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
+49 30 61 20 26 20
Station: U6 Platz der Luftbrücke
The theater HAU stands with its three venues for theatre, dance and performance art in Kreuzberg. In addition, the programme regularly features music, visual art and theoretical debate.
HAU1: Stresemannstr. 29, 10963 Berlin
HAU2: Hallesches Ufer 32, 10963 Berlin
HAU3: Tempelhofer Ufer 10, 10963 Berlin
Station: U1, U6 Hallesches Tor
For the perfect night out, I would recommend to visit Altes Zollhaus too. The restaurant offers fine regional cuisine for more then 25 years. In summer you can also take a seat in the garden. Other restaurants and bars of Kreuzberg you can find here.
If you need a current and detailed schedule from theaters in Berlin with information about production, programmes, festivals, short portraits of venues and a service package for ticket pre-sales you can also visit the Platform Berlin Bühnen.
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