Theatres in Hamburg

Deutsches Schauspielhaus

(Deutsches Schauspielhaus / Mediaserver)

The beautiful Schauspielhaus building is more than 100 years old and is situated in the district of St Georg, just opposite the central train station. The Schauspielhaus stages contemporary productions as well as great classics and makes it a point to support young authors and directors. The “Junges Schauspielhaus” programme was launched in 2005 and features theatre productions for children and young people at its temporary venue in Gaussstrasse (Altona).

Kirchenallee 39 (St. Georg)
Tel: 040 24 87 13

Altonaer Theatre

(Altonaer Theater / Facebook)

The Altonaer Theater is the place to go for anyone who would like to see a stage production of their favourite novel – whether it is “Pope Joan” or “The Hundred-Year-Old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared”. The theatre also hosts panel discussions, night talks and guided stage tours, as well as music events in the theatre café.

Museumstr. 17 (Altona)
Tel: 040 39 90 58 70

Monsun Theatre

(Monsuntheater / Facebook)

This modern, charming venue stages smaller productions and plays that are largely unknown. The programme includes contemporary theatre of the spoken word, music theatre, children’s plays and book readings.

Friedensallee 20 (Ottensen)
Tel: 040 39 03 148

Thalia in der Gaußstrasse

(Thalia Gaußstraße / Webseite)

This popular venue in Altona provides both young and established directors with a forum for realising fringe productions and off-scene projects. The theatre supports up-and-coming directors and also hosts theatre festivals for national and international artists. 

Gaußstr. 190 (Altona)
Tel: 040 32 81 44 44


(Kampnagel / ibid.)

This independent stage and production facility is widely acclaimed for its dance, theatre and concert programme. The former crane factory hosts international guest performances as well as Hamburg artists and contemporary bands. Each year in August, Kampnagel holds its International Summer Festival. The multi-functional theatre complex comprises six stages as well as the restaurant “Casino”.

Jarrestraße. 20 (Winterhude)
Tel: 040 27 09 49 49

Komödie Winterhuder Fährhaus

(Komödie Winterhuder Fährhaus / Webseite)

This comedy and boulevard theatre provides a stage for popular German actors such as Nina Bott, Jochen Busse and Herbert Hermann. Its smaller venue “Kontraste” entertains its audience with wicked black humour.

Hudtwalckerstr. 13 (Winterhude)
Tel: 040 48 06 80 80


(Schmidtchen / Facebook)

A big party on a small stage: the Schmidt Theater’s smallest and most recent stage opened on 6 June 2015 with a grand opening gala. The new venue serves as a platform for young artists and newcomers in particular. What is more, the Schmidtchen can be rented as a venue for parties, events and gala nights.

Spielbudenplatz 22-23 (St. Pauli)
Tel: 040 31 77 88-0

St. Pauli Theater

(St. Pauli Theater / ibid.)

You can feel the long tradition in this unique, 173-year-old building on Spielbudenplatz. However, the programme with its contemporary productions continues to provide fresh impetus. Hugely popular productions include e.g. “The King’s Speech” as well as “Linie 1”, the new Hamburg musical. Guests can expect theatre, cabaret and comedy at its best.

Spielbudenplatz 29–30 (St. Pauli)
Tel: 040 47 11 06 66

Schmidts TIVOLI

(Schmidts Tivoli / Webseite)

Long runners of the Tivoli such as “Heisse Ecke” and “Caveman” have been sold out for years. Guest performances of comedians from across Germany can also be experienced here. The on-site bar “Glanz & Gloria” and the restaurant “Schatto Pauli” are well worth visiting.

Spielbudenplatz 27–28 (St. Pauli)
Tel: 040 31 77 88 99

Imperial Theater

(Imperial Theater / Webseite)

The Imperial Theater breathes new life into classic pieces of crime literature, ranging from Alfred Hitchcock to Agatha Christie. The audience is invited to share in the thrill, and during the break you can discuss the “Whodunit” question at the theatre bar. 

Reeperbahn 5 (St. Pauli)
Tel: 040 31 31 14

Thalia Theater

(Thalia Theater / Webseite)

The Thalia Theater with its modern, entertaining and thought-provoking productions is a real institution in Hamburg. While the director places special emphasis on contemporary authors, the repertoire also includes classics such as Georg Büchner’s “Woyzeck” or Goethe’s “Faust”. The lovely theatre bar “Nachtasyl” in the building’s attic serves as a venue for book readings, concerts and DJ nights.

Alstertor 1 (Altstadt)
Tel: 040 32 81 44 44

The English Theatre of Hamburg

(Englisch Theater / Webseite)

This small and yet excellent theatre stages four English-language plays per season, covering anything from entertaining comedies to thrilling crime stories.

Lerchenfeld 14 (Barmbek-Süd)
Tel: 040- 227 70 89

Ernst Deutsch Theater

(Ernst-Deutsch-Theater / Webseite)

The repertoire of the Ernst Deutsch Theater includes socio-political and historical plays as well as comedies. The theatre’s dedicated youth theatre performances and music nights are also highly popular. During the Advent season, the Ernst Deutsch Theater features stage productions of some the most beautiful fairy tales.

Friedrich-Schütter-Platz 1 (Hohenfelde)
Tel: 040 22 70 14 20


(Ohnsorg Theater / Facebook)

The traditional Ohnsorg-Theater moved to its new home just beside Hamburg’s central train station in 2011. It focusses on comedies in Low German dialect, but the repertoire also includes productions in standard German.

Heidi-Kabel-Platz 1 (St. Georg)
Tel: 040 35 08 03 21

Hamburger Kammerspiele

(Kammerspiele / Facebook)

Situated in a beautiful mansion dating back to 1863, this small independent theatre mainly presents modern, critical theatre of the spoken word with a contemporary twist. As well as staging studio theatre productions and political satire shows, the Kammerspiele also features book readings, song recitals as well as its annual children’s play during the Advent season. The ensemble includes renowned actors such as Rufus Beck, Hardy Krüger junior and Karoline Eichhorn.

Hartungstr. 9–11 (Rotherbaum)
Tel: 040 41 33 44 0