It is stories that human beings need like the daily bread. Otfried Preußler
It all began in 1980 when a small group of students realized their vision of creating an independent theatre. At first they moved as a travelling theatre from place to place, until they finally found their permanent home in the Nuremberg Cultural Centre for Children “Kachelbau”. We collaborate with various theatres in the region and work in co-operation with the State Theatre Nuremberg since 1997.
Twelve people work at our theatre and we regularly employ guests-directors, actors, musicians, set/costume designers and theatre educators.
Two to three new productions are premiered each season and the current repertoire comprises at least ten further productions for the age group 3 – 12.
Our productions tell stories about special moments in everyday life, stories about journeys, stories about life and death; stories which prove that children possess courage and that they have the guts ('Mumm') to listen to and watch many things, because that’s what life is all about. Life can be stopped by no-one and life knows no age limits.
Around 150 shows take place in our own theatre per season. We perform in many other theatres and institutions and regularly go on tour. We tour throughout Germany and abroad, presenting around 20 -30 shows a year.
panoptikum festival: Every two years since February 2000 Nuremberg becomes a centre for discovering new theatre forms and ideas. Throughout the city, in regular theatres and sometimes in unusual venues, one can experience exciting, moving, humorous and comical performances. The programme team, comprising four people, travels regularly throughout Germany and Europe to watch theatre and dance pieces, in order to invite ten productions to be presented in Nuremberg to an audience made up of local citizens and theatre practitioners and producers from all over the world. A further ten productions from the regional children’s theatre scene (Nuremberg and Bavaria) are also presented as part of the festival. The next festival takes place from February 4-9, 2020.
Nuremberg culture-rucksack: on a yearly basis since 2009 a “cultural rucksack” is filled with theatre, dance, opera, concerts and museum visits, together with accompanying workshops for Primary 3 schoolchildren. With the help of numerous sponsors and charitable foundations around 1,500 children from 18 schools, who would otherwise have no contact with the arts, have gained direct experience of art and culture.
We are involved in many theatre projects with children. Once a year children from various Nuremberg primary, secondary and special schools present the results of their creative education projects in our theatre. We collaborate regularly on a choir project with the Montessori Centre, and with children from youth centres, after-school-clubs and from our own drama courses, who then present the results of their work on stage to an audience.
Courses for teachers and youth workers, workshops and drama courses for children and young people, tours of the theatre, school classes as sponsors of a production, accompanying material for the productions – our theatre educators and actors offer all these things all year round.
The admission prices are kept deliberately low, because culture should be available to everyone and theatre can’t be financed by ticket sales alone. Therefore we are financially supported by the State of Bavaria, the Region of Middle Franconia and the City of Nuremberg and further co-operation partners. Sponsors (firms, charitable foundations and individuals) also contribute, to enable a young audience to be taken year after year on the amazing journey into the kingdom of fantasy and imagination.