Bonn City Theatres

Opera Bonn

The Bonn city theatres comprise the opera house and the playhouse. Dr. Bernhard Helmich is director general since 2013. Bonn’s tradition as a theatre city reaches back to the time of the Elector Archbishops, but it was in 1826 that the citizens of Bonn built their first playhouse. In 1965 a new building was inaugurated on the banks of the Rhine. Seating no less than 1,037, it now houses the opera company and is also used for international dance productions by visiting ensembles. Bonn’s theatre company has its own theatre, the “Kammerspiele” in Bad Godesberg, seating 473, and also makes use of further venues such as the Halle Beuel and the Werkstatt im Opernhaus. Experimental music theatre and children’s operas take place in the Alter Malersaal and in Beuel.

The Beethovenfest Bonn and Theater Bonn work closely together and co-productions are regularly staged in the context of the Beethovenfest.