International May Theatre Festival

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Opera singer Montserrat Caballé
Opera singer Montserrat Caballé

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At the International May Theatre Festival of Wiesbaden (Wiesbaden vacation rentals | Wiesbaden travel guide), the Hessian State Theatre becomes a stage for stars of the international theatre scene. The most important theatre ensembles, the most famous ballet companies, the best known orchestras and singers from around the world grace the stages of the Hessian State Theatre under the artistic direction of director Manfred Beilharz. The festival planners repeatedly demonstrate their talent for finding current developments in the theatre landscape. Founded as “Emperor’s Plays“ in 1896 by Emperor Wilhelm II, besides Bayreuth (Bayreuth vacation rentals | Bayreuth travel guide) the International May Theatre Festival is the oldest theatre festival in Germany.

The Hessian State Theatre is one of the most successful German language theatres. The Hessian State Theatre of Wiesbaden under the direction of Manfred Beilharz, is one of the most successful German language theatres. The company, which offers five performance programs, ranks sixth in Germany in terms of attendance statistics.

With more than 800 events during each season the State Theatre is one of the most productive theatre companies in existence. Every season the company offers a wide range of cultural events including more than 40 new productions ranging from opera, plays and ballet to the two programs for young people, ”Junges Staatstheater” and ”jugend-club-theater”, featuring classical works as well as modern musical theatre and premieres of contemporary drama.

Moreover, the State Theatre Wiesbaden is an important festival company: each year, the International May Theatre Festival fills over 20,000 seats with individual ticket holders attracted by high quality guest performances in opera, dance, drama and entertainment. The Theatre Biennial "New Plays from Europe," the largest festival of contemporary European drama worldwide, has taken place every two years in Wiesbaden since 2004.

The opera schedule of the State Theatre Wiesbaden is marked by cycles; well known opera classics are just as much part of the repertoire as less frequently played masterworks. But room has also been made for operettas and musicals. The playhouse engages both established and up-and-coming directors. The orchestra under the baton of Marc Piollet plays symphony and chamber music concerts every month. The “Junges Staatstheater” program for young people offers productions for children of all ages and the ”jugend-club-theater” gives talented young people the chance to put on a musical under professional working conditions.

In addition, many additional fascinating programs spice up the theatre schedule, for example the ”musik-theater-werkstatt”, a platform for the works of contemporary composers, the workshops and integrative projects of Focus on Young People and the Late Nights in the Wartburg Centre, the latest and most versatile of the theatre's venues located in Schwalbacher Straße.

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Location, Map, and Driving Directions

Location: Hessian State Theatre, Germany

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Opening Hours

This event takes place from the first until the last of May.

Related Links

Official website (German only)

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