Curtain up: Opera and theatres
Calling all culture vultures …
The theatres in and around Hannover offer an impressive choice of entertainment, ranging from drama to opera, ballet and musical, variety theatre, cabaret and puppet theatre. Whether you opt for the state theatre or a private ensemble, prefer highbrow events or light entertainment, you can be sure of top-class cultural productions every single season.
The opera and drama sections of Hannover State Theatre are leading lights in the German theatre environment. Perfectly cast ensembles, inspired directors, authors and choreographers stage productions that have no need to fear international comparison. All over the city there are numerous private theatres which feature exciting productions ranging from light comedy to avantgarde. Theater am Aegi regularly stages musicals and operas by visiting ensembles and also serves as a venue for performances by musicians and comedians.
Georgspalast is where Zarah Leander and Heinz Erhardt once captivated audiences and GOP Variety Theatre now continues its long-standing tradition of entertainment.
One of the highlights of the social season is the opera ball which is celebrated under a different motto every year. Talented violinists from all over the globe audition for the “Hannover International Violin Competition”, which promises high monetary rewards for the prizewinners. Classical music is performed in the largest concert hall anywhere in Germany, the HCC “Kuppelsaal”. During the famous TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL and Easter Dance Festival, Hannover is the focus of attention for dance aficionados. The annual “Theatre Night” gives people the chance to enjoy a fascinating look behind the scenes at more than 20 theatres. Hannover is also the venue for the biennial “Theaterformen”, one of the largest German drama festivals.
Palatial setting or open air
The landscaped gardens of Hermannshof in Springe-Völksen provide a magnificent setting for the performing arts, while Landestrost Palace in Neustadt am Rübenberge adds a touch of authenticity to historic performances. The barn at Isernhagenhof on the outskirts of Hannover creates a rustic backdrop for plays and concerts. Deister amphitheatre and the open-air theatre in Osterwald forest guarantee unforgettable cultural experiences under the stars. The numerous events that make up Hannover’s “Summer of Culture” are yet another annual highlight.