Theatre and diversity in the Berlin Republic

Authored by: Christel Weiler , Maud Capelle

The Routledge Handbook of German Politics & Culture

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  November  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415686860
eBook ISBN: 9781315747040
Adobe ISBN: 9781317600152


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Theatre in Germany plays an essential role in society and public life, often mirroring contemporary conflicts and debates. In post-Wall Germany, the subject of diversity and theatre needs to be considered with an eye to three different areas: the coexistence of independent and municipal or state theatres; the unification of East and West Germany in 1990; and the question how we conceive of ‘German’ theatre in an increasingly multi-ethnic society. This chapter explores those three areas, and provides some insight into theatre’s place, achievements, and challenges in the Berlin Republic.

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