Berlin Workers' Theater

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The bat building on Belforter Strasse, Berlin (2011)

The Berlin workers Theater ( asked ) is the Studio Theater of the Academy of Dramatic Arts "Ernst Busch" Berlin (HFS). The theater is located in the Prenzlauer Berg district . Today directing students and lecturers (including the actors Angelika Waller and Manfred Karge ) produce at this theater and mostly cast the drama students of the university. Among others , August Diehl and Julia Jentsch had their first appearances at bat.


The studio theater is located at Belforter Straße 15 in a listed building that was erected between 1876 and 1879. The original dance hall was later used as a cinema under the name Roxy .

In 1961 Wolf Biermann and Brigitte Soubeyran founded the bat here as one of the republic's workers' and student theaters. As an opening revue, a double performance of Molière's George Dandin and Biermann's first piece Berliner Brautgang was rehearsed. The NBI reported at the time:

"Encouraged by Comrade Ulbricht's request to further expand Berlin into a versatile, cultural center, the Berlin workers' and student theater, or bat for short, was created ... which is to become a cultural center in this densely populated, dreary tenement district."

Nevertheless, the cultural bureaucracy had the theater officially closed before the premiere in 1963, but the State Drama School was still allowed to show performances in bat . In 1974 the theater became the seat of the newly founded directing institute; In 1981 this institute was incorporated into the Academy of Dramatic Arts as a directing department .

The renovation was completed in 2017 by the architects O&O Baukunst . A number of outdated fixtures were removed and the main stage was rebuilt so that it can be operated independently by the students.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Entry of the Berlin Workers' and Student Theater Ensemble in the Berlin State Monument List
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  3. Quoted from: Dieter E. Zimmer: The Biermann case . See (PDF; 159 kB)
  4. Berliner Wochenblatt Verlag GmbH: In the coming spring, the bat on Belforter Strasse is to be played again . In: . ( [accessed on July 28, 2017]).

Coordinates: 52 ° 31 ′ 55 ″  N , 13 ° 25 ′ 7 ″  E