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The Residenztheater is the domicile of the Bavarian State Drama Company. It is one of Munich's biggest theater venues and perhaps one of its most prestigious. The program changes daily and productions vary vastly, offering everything from classical pieces to contemporary plays. The ticket office is open from 10a to 6p from Monday to Friday and from 10a to 1p on Saturdays.
Karl von Fischer erected this classical building in 1818. Today the National Theatre Munich stands tall in marble, crystal and gold, hosting live performances of international artists. The theater is well planned and has a Corinthian portico dedicated to Apollo and the Muses. There is also a mosaic of Pegasus on the rear tympanum, designed by Ludwig Schwantehaler. The building has been destroyed twice: once by fire in 1825 (it was rebuilt two years later in a style faithful to the original) and again in a 1943 air raid. It was rebuilt in 1963 according to the original plans. The Bavarian State Opera, one of the world's best, showcases its events here and the Munich Opera Festival attracts many enthusiasts from around the world every year.
The Schauspielhaus is the major stage and theater of the Munich Kammerspiele and probably one of Germany's remaining well maintained Art Nouveau theaters. Built in the beginning of 1900 by architects Richard Riemer Smith and Max Littmann, the theater was restored between 2000 to 2003. You will only find German theater here and if you know the language you will thoroughly enjoy the shows, of which quite a few are award winning plays.
The former Kleinen Komödie am Max II was transformed into this fantastic GOP theater in 2008. The GOP Varieté-Theater München is a venue in the city, well known for the variety of enthralling concerts held here. They have some of the best artists performing in their theater, thus offering guests sheer entertainment. GOP group has theaters in other locations too. Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of the dance and musical performances held here.
Munich's first puppet theater was founded in 1858 by Josef Leonhard Schmid and the Count of Pocci. Architect Theodor Fischer was commissioned to build a new theater in 1900, and the result was the first-ever theater dedicated to puppets. It is just as impressive today as it was a hundred years ago, and continues to draw in punters young and old who come to laugh at Kasperle (the German equivalent of Punch and Judy) and listen to fairy tales from around the world.
In this instance, Volkstheater doesn't mean a traditional, rural theater particular to Bavaria, but rather, one that specializes in classical, contemporary dramas and comedies that are portrayed in a popular and accessible way. Among the 20th Century authors featured on the stage here, are many famous names, such as Bertolt Brecht and Ödön von Horváth. The theater is also home to a smaller venue known as the Nachtkastl.
Reopened in 1997, this is the finest of Munich's opera houses and host to ballets, orchestras, operas, and operettas from all over the world. Classical in style, it was built in 1901 by Max Littmann. The auditorium is designed like an amphitheater with no seat categories, according to the supposedly democratic ideals of Wagnerian opera. The building is also home to the Bavarian Theater Academy, whose students use both stages for public performances.