Henning Rischbieter

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Henning Rischbieter (born March 22, 1927 in Hanover ; † May 22, 2013 in Berlin ) was a German theater scholar , theater critic and publicist.


Rischbieter grew up in the social democratic milieu of Hanover-Linden . Drafted as an air force helper, he lost his left arm in the final phase of World War II in 1945 .

From 1948 to 1953 he studied history and German in Göttingen . He then worked as a teacher at the Folk High School Springe and came to the theater in his hometown as the manager of the local Volksbühne . In 1960 he founded the monthly theater magazine Theater heute . Under his editorship (until 1997), Theater heute developed alongside Theater der Zeit in the GDR into one of the most important theater periodicals in German-speaking countries. As a critic, Rischbieter wrote regularly for the specialist magazine. From 1977 to 1995 he was professor of theater studies at the Free University in Berlin.

In 1999 Rischbieter received the Berlin Theater Prize .

His most important works as an author include monographs on the playwrights Bertolt Brecht , Maxim Gorki and Peter Weiss . He was also the editor of a theater dictionary. Rischbieter, a member of the Berlin Academy of the Arts since 1994, was posthumously awarded the International Theater Institute prize in 2013 . He was an honorary member of the Dramaturgical Society .

Rischbieter lived in Hanover, Wunstorf and Berlin. His theatrical sleep was legendary, and he could indulge in it without restricting his critical eye, as the theater critic Gerhard Stadelmaier testified in the FAZ. In Shakespeare's King Lear in Thorsten Lensing's Berlin production, Rischbieter himself appeared on stage as Gloster in 2002.


He is buried in the cemetery of the Dorotheenstadt and Friedrichswerder communities in Berlin-Mitte.

Works (selection)

  • Hannoversches reading book, or: What was written, printed and read in and Hannover ,


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany: Founder of the magazine "Theater heute" - theater critic Henning Rischbieter is dead - HAZ - Hannoversche Allgemeine .
  2. THEATER PRIZE BERLIN STATUTE. April 1, 2019, accessed October 3, 2019 .
  3. Homage to Henning Rischbieter - Academy of the Arts, Berlin .
  4. ^ Obituary "Strategist im Bühnenkampf", FAZ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung from May 24, 2013
  5. Ulrich Seidler: Thorsten Lensing shows his production "King Lear" in the Sophiensælen: The Superlative .