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Rathen Open Air Stage

Rathen Open Air Stage
Rathen Open Air Stage

The Rathen Open Air Stage (German: Felsenbühne Rathen) is a natural stage in Saxon Switzerland in East Germany. It is located in a hollow at the upper end of the Wehlgrund valley between the rocks of Kleine Gans and Großer Wehrturm below the famous Bastei rocks and Neurathen Castle. The entrance to the hollow branches off just above the valleys junction with the Amselgrund.

The open-air theatre has 2,000 seats (since its expansion in 1957) and was laid out in 1936, inspired by the ideas of the Thingbewegung movement, by the municipality of Rathen for the staging of plays and concerts. It opened with Basteispiel by Kurt Arnold Findeisen. By 1938 the first Karl May Festivals were being held. After the war the stage reopened in 1946. Since 1954 the stone stage has been played by the Landesbühnen Sachsen. In 1984 the performance of "Schatz im Silbersee" in an adaptation by Helmut Menschel continued the interrupted tradition of Karl May by the Landesbühnen Sachsen. It was followed by "Winnetou" (adapted by Uwe Wolf) in 1987 and "Old Surehand" in 1995 (adapted by Olaf Hörbe). On the 165th anniversary of Karl May's birthday on 23 June 2007 the new piece, "Der Schatz im Silbersee", was launched in an adaptation by the acor and director, Olaf Hörbe.

In the summer season between May and September there are up to 90 performances by the Landesbühnen Sachsen. The programme is very varied and ranges from musical theatre to plays and from classic to modern pieces. Traditional performances, in addition to the Karl May pieces, include Freischütz, Hänsel and Gretel and Carmina Burana.

[ Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rathen_Open_Air_Stage ]

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Rathen is a village in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, in Saxony, Germany, about 35 km southeast of Dresden on the Elbe River. Rathen has between 400 and 500 inhabitants.

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