The Amberg municipal theatre from monastery to pedagogy
As late as the 13th century, the Amberg municipal theatre was part of a Franciscan monastery. The church used in this way was consecrated to St. Bernard. But already at the end of the year 1555 the monastery changed its owner. Until 1624 the buildings were used as a school for highly gifted students. In 1626 the former owners returned and remodeled the church in the Baroque style.
Much fuss about the church
Just under 200 years later, the site changed hands again. Within half a year the then empty church was converted into a theatre. Thus, in October of the year 1803, the play “Die Dienstpflicht” (The Duty of Service) was already premiered. After the city took over the theatre at the end of the 19th century and completely redesigned it, its purpose as the Stadttheater Amberg remained the same.
A fire in 1953 put an abrupt end to the pleasure and so it happened that between 1975 and 1978 one of the most beautiful small theatres in Germany came into being. Between 2008 and 2010, the stage was raised to the latest technical level with enormous resources. So now you can experience new and old plays with contemporary technology without betraying traditions.
The Stadttheater Amberg introduces itself…
The Stadttheater Amberg is one of the most beautiful small theatres in Germany. Theatre has been performed at this historic site since the 19th century, and today it still offers a rich programme for a wide audience, with over 100 events every year. Modern classics and contemporary drama are on the programme, as are fast-paced musicals, lively comedies and expressive dance theatre. A top-class classical concert series, a selection of musical entertainment in a wide variety of genres from jazz to Latin, unusual studio concerts in the stage space, puppet theatre and much more round off the programme. For young audiences there are children’s theatres, family concerts and the Youth Club+, where young people and young-at-heart adults aged 16 and over become actors themselves.