ETA Hoffmann Theater

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ETA Hoffmann Theater
ETA Hoffmann Theater (2012)
Address: ETA-Hoffmann-Platz 1
City: Bamberg
Coordinates: 49 ° 53 '26 "  N , 10 ° 53' 29"  E Coordinates: 49 ° 53 '26 "  N , 10 ° 53' 29"  E
Architecture and history
Opened: 1802
Spectator: 400 big house
  • 100 studio
  • 60 vaulted places
Named after: ETA Hoffmann
Internet presence:
Website: ETA Hoffmann Theater

The ETA Hoffmann Theater is Bamberg's city ​​theater . In addition to the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra , the Villa Concordia , the museums and the independent cultural scene, it is one of the city's defining cultural carriers. The theater is a playhouse and employs a permanent cast of 16 actors. It has existed since 1802 and was temporarily the place of activity of the later namesake ETA Hoffmann . Sibylle Broll-Pape has been director of the theater since the 2015/16 season .


Prehistory to the foundation in 1802

At the end of the 18th century, Imperial Count Friedrich Julius Heinrich von Soden (1754–1831) had the building complex on Schillerplatz converted into a theater. Through the amalgamation of buildings and properties in the 17th century, the origin of the theater building and the harmony garden emerged on Schillerplatz. In the 18th century, cathedral capitular Jobst Bernhard von Aufsess (1671–1738) acquired these holdings. The merchant Ignaz Kaspar Fexer bought the goods in Zinkenwörth and turned them into a "society house". These were bourgeois meeting places, mostly with restoration, gardens and entertainment options. A “resource room” for 130 people was created, with chandeliers, mirrors and gaming tables. Adalbert Friedrich Marcus, who founded the club in 1791, became a permanent tenant.

The theater was founded between 1802 and 1813

Reichsgraf von Soden took over this complex in April 1802 and converted it into a theater: On October 3rd and 4th, 1802, the Bamberg theater was opened as the “Princely privileged stage in Bamberg” by Count Julius von Soden and theater director Gottlieb Daniel Quandt (1762 -1815). The Bamberg theater was one of the first theaters to have its own permanent ensemble. There was space for 500 spectators in the stalls and on two tiers as well as a relatively small stage. In 1808 a ball of the Bamberg “Society of Dignitaries” opened a newly built theater building on Schillerplatz, which is still the core of modern theater today. The first piece played there was ETA Hoffmann's allegory The Vow on October 16, 1808. Also in 1808 ETA Hoffmann came to the Bamberg Theater as musical director. He remained in the city until 1813 and was more or less closely connected to the theater under the changing management: originally engaged as Kapellmeister, he effectively only conducted one opera. Probably due to internal disputes (the theater already had a different Kapellmeister), he stayed with the theater in other positions for a few years, for example as a dramaturge, ticket teller or set painter. Among other things , he was responsible for the sets for the German premiere of Käthchen von Heilbronn in 1811. The Viennese theater poet Franz von Holbein took over the management of the theater in 1810 and led the theater to its first heyday. For example, Calderón de la Barca was discovered for German theater during this period. In 1812, however, Holbein Bamberg also turned his back and took over the theater in Würzburg.

1813 to 1999

In the following 150 years or so, the theater survived numerous changes in management and sponsorship (private associations), mostly due to financial difficulties, until it was completely closed under the National Socialists. During the war, theater life in Bamberg was idle. After the war ended, the building was used as a refugee camp. During this time, the small acting ensemble played in alternative venues such as B. in the fishing gym and in the Weyermannsaal. Only in 1959, after extensive renovation work, could the theater be reopened in its current form - from 1970 under the name 'ETA-Hoffmann-Theater' - as a pure drama theater with musical guest performances. Gerd Gutbier was the artistic director from 1961 to 1977. From 1970 the city of Bamberg took over the theater on its own, thereby acquiring property and institution. The theater was now the city theater. Since 1973, on Gerd Gutbier's initiative, for the first time on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of the city of Bamberg, the Calderón Games have taken place every summer in the old court as open-air performances by the ensemble of the ETA Hoffmann Theater. At the beginning of the 1989/1990 season, Rainer Lewandowski became director of the ETA Hoffmann Theater. He opened the studio on St. Mark's Square. In 1997 a competition for theater renovation was announced, the “winner” of which was the architect Klaus Springer from Hanover. The extensive renovations began in 1999.

2003 to 2015

With the reopening of the house after its renovation and expansion in October 2003, the large house with a good 400 seats and the studio with around 100 seats were added the vault with around 60 seats and the meeting place, which has been used as the TREFF BAR theater bar since the 2015/16 season serves.

From 2015

Since the 2015/16 season, Sibylle Broll-Pape has been the first woman to run the “ETA Hoffmann Theater Bamberg”. A permanent ensemble works with her. Since then, the theater has been showing its performances as a repertoire .

Buildings and venues

The historical ensemble of the social building, which was opened in 1803 and has been rebuilt again and again, with the city theater, ballrooms and gastronomy is a conglomerate of buildings of completely different origins, styles and functions. It shows elements of the Baroque, Biedermeier and Art Nouveau styles, with the oldest part, a storage cellar with a Gothic portal, dating from 1516. The harmony halls and the neoclassical auditorium have been preserved in their decorative design under the city architect Karl Georg Lang in 1861. Between 1999 and 2003 the theater was renovated by the architecture office Springer from Hanover. Since 2003 the rotunda of the meeting place, the entrance hall with the cash desk area and the glass foyer bar have formed an inviting entrance.

The reorganization of all components and functions resulted in a new studio stage with flexible seating in the harmony garden and a new company building with a painter's room, workshops and storage facilities. The building was supplemented by the latest stage and building technology, which ranges from a lowerable stage to a new air conditioning system and smoke extractors to electro-acoustic equipment, the main advantage of which is that it is largely invisible.



In the 2019/20 season the acting ensemble consists of Katharina Brenner, Daniel Dietrich, Carlotta Freyer, Bertram Maxim Gärtner , Denis Grafe, Stefan Herrmann, Clara Kroneck, Oliver Niemeier, Paul Maximilian Pira , Ewa Rataj, Marie-Paulina Schendel, Daniel Seniuk , Stephan Ullrich , Florian Walter, Eric Wehlan and Anne Weise.


  • Johannes Conrad and Hans Neubauer, theater in Bamberg. Report and documentation 1945–1985 , Bamberg 1985, Verlag Fränkischer Tag
  • Friedrich Leist, A contribution to the history of the theater in Bamberg , Bamberg 1862 (digitized version)
  • Rudolf Köppler, ETA Hoffmann am Bamberger Theater (= Historical Association for the Care of the History of the Former Duchy of Bamberg 81), Bamberg 1929

Web links

Commons : ETA-Hoffmann-Theater Bamberg  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ History of the ETA Hoffmann Theater
  2. ^ Building of the ETA Hoffmann Theater
  3. Press release on the award ceremony “Young Actors Week 2017”., March 29, 2017, accessed on July 17, 2017 .
  4. Press release on the award ceremony for “Pieces 2017”., June 3, 2017, accessed on July 17, 2017 .
  5. Press release on the awarding of the Federal Theater Prize. Press and Information Office of the Federal Government of Germany, June 12, 2017, accessed on July 17, 2017 .
  6. Plays 2019 - Mülheimer Theatertage NRW. Retrieved February 26, 2019 .
  7. Janis El-Bira: Selection of the 37th Bavarian Theater Days. Retrieved on February 13, 2020 (German).
  8. The Chancellor of Atlantis. Retrieved March 6, 2020 .
  9. ^ Georg Kasch: Mülheimer Stückepreis: nominees named. Retrieved on February 13, 2020 (German).
  10. Radically young 2020 | Munich Volkstheater. Retrieved March 6, 2020 .
  11. The current ensemble can be viewed on the home page of the theater. ETA Hoffmann Theater Bamberg, accessed on September 24, 2018 .