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Opened in 1963 and with a capacity of 700, the Schauspielhaus has, unfortunately, lost some of its initial glamor (when it became the first West German theater to feature plays by Bertolt Brecht). While its productions of modern-day classics by the likes of Thomas Bernhard, Hans Schwab and Karl Kraus are still decent, it is now better known for its political intrigues than its intriguing productions.
Opera is a burning issue in Frankfurt in more ways than one. Outsiders tend to associate it with the Alte Oper or the Opernbühne, but both were completely destroyed in the World War II. A new building was opened in 1951 but burned to the ground in 1987, being reopened some four years later. The stucco sculpting on the ceiling of the foyer is of particular architectural interest. The works of the six operatic stalwarts are staged here more than anything else, though they also alternate with more recent composers. Instead of a permanent program, the Oper Frankfurt currently employs a staggione system, staging performances in groups. The reputation of the opera house used to be a cut above the rest, but is on the wane as a result of internal disputes, despite some spectacular productions.
The English Theatre Frankfurt was founded in 1979 and has moved around to few locations before settling in its present location. The charismatic theater is home to Broadway and West End shows, musicals and comedies. As there aren't many English language theaters in the region, the theater is popular with school classes who come to improve their English. Visitors can relax in the bistro before or after performances.
The variety show at the Tigerpalast Varieté Theater has gained international repute since its inception in 1988. Each show lasts about 2 hours and features around 5-7 artists. Performances by talented and world-famous artists such as Molly Saudek, George Schlick, Elena Larkina, Kris Kremo and Maxim Popazov have graced this stage. Sit back and relax as talented jugglers, magicians, ballet shows and acrobatic performers from all over the world take your breath away. The in-house restaurant takes care of your hunger pangs while in the middle of a performance.
Whether it be Chinese puppet theater, Transylvanian folk music, French musicals or Russian tragedies, the Internationales Theater unites the world of theater under just one roof. Performances are put on either by local expat theater groups or by ensembles from abroad; most pieces are performed in English, Italian, Russian or Spanish. And best of all, visitors can get to know even more about foreign cultures after the show.