Anhalt Theatre Dessau
Opera, operettas, musicals, symphonic concerts, ballet, drama – the Anhalt Theatre caters to many tastes and its productions never fail to attract audiences from all over Germany.
The dimensions of the gigantic stage are impressive and provide the ideal setting for large-scale musical theatre. The Anhalt Philharmonic Orchestra – one of the oldest, most tradition-steeped orchestras in Saxony-Anhalt – has its home here and offers a varied programme of symphonic and chamber concerts. Lastly, the stage offers space for really great theatre – in the literal sense of the word. The Grosses Haus (“Big House”), as it was then known, opened in 1938, but the theatre’s history goes back much farther: the first theatre building in Dessau was built in 1798. In the summer, the orchestra gives popular lakeside concerts in Wörlitz Park. Also in the park is the artificial rocky island of Stein, with an amphitheatre where the Anhalt Theatre gives regular drama performances in the summer.
The Altes Theater, or Old Theatre, is the smaller venue of the Anhalt Theatre and home to the puppet theatre. The tree different stages allow for diverse drama productions – from modern stagings of classic plays to improvisations with unpredictable outcomes.
In the summer, the Wasserburg (“Water Castle”) in Roßlau is transformed into a fantastic backdrop for theatre, drawing visitors from all over the region.
The Burgtheatersommer theatre festival was created in 2005 by freelance actors, directors and creative artists who founded the theatre company now called theaterBurg Roßlau e.V. and performs on nearly 20 evenings a year. In addition to the regular programme, there is also children’s theatre, matinées and workshops for kids and teens.
The ancient walls of Roßlau’s Wasserburg create the special atmosphere typical of these theatre performances.