Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe

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Hermann-Levi-Platz 1, Karlsruhe, Germany

Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe Reviews

Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
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Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe May 06, 2017
Karlsruhe's theatre may not be one of the big famous opera houses but it's not bad either! Advantage: tickets are affordable.

The theatre building at Ettlinger Tor contains two theatres, „Großes Haus“ which shows opera, ballet and drama, plus the orchestra's classical concerts one a month, and „Kleines Haus“ which shows mostly modern plays that attract a smaller audience. Besides, there is the „Insel“ an Karlstraße which shows modern plays and experimental theatre. In recent years they have also set a focus on theatre for children and teenagers.

The 1970's architecture of the building may not be to everybody's liking. The steep auditorium, however, provides undisturbed visibility from all seats. Which means that you can buy cheap tickets (my favourite: the back rows of the „Parkett“) and still have a perfect view of the stage.

Tickets can be booked online through their website. The theatre/opera ticket includes free public transportation within the whole KVV area 3 hours before and after the performances.

Dress Code: Dress code in German theatres seems to be a thing of the past. Unfortunately, because an elegant audience adds a lot to the festivity. Anyway, wear what you like, as long as it is (or looks) clean. For modern plays, no one cares. For performances in the „Großes Haus“ I'd suggest choosing some 'better' clothes, if you have any. No hiking boots and no flipflops, please.
In the foyers
In the hall during intermission
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Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
371 reviews
Musengaul - the (crazy) Horse of the Muses May 06, 2017
The statue of the crazy horse was made by the sculptor Jürgen Goertz in 1974. Originally named „Trojan Horse“, it was supposed to be put up inside the theatre but then decided against. In 1981 the Land Baden-Württemberg bought the sculpture and had it erected in front of the theatre’s entrance. The name was changed into „Musengaul“ - the horse of the muses.

Not everybody was happy with this strange, oversized, three-legged creature. Nevertheless it became the symbol of Karlsruhe's theatre, and its portrait can be found on all their advertising material and on the intro of their website.

I like him. He is funny. Especially the broom tail and the sometimes laughing, sometimes scary face. Walk around the sculpture, keep eye contact and watch how the face changes if seen from different angles.
Musengaul in front of the theatre
Musengaul portrait

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