A modern legend
Welcome to the East End, the Broadway of Berlin and the city’s hip nightlife mile. Stretching from Unter den Linden and along Friedrichstraße to Hackescher Markt, this is the district with the highest theater density in all of Germany. And in the midst of it you will find the world’s biggest theater stage! Reopened in 1984 and located at Friedrichstraße 107, the show palace lies in the district Berlin-Mitte at a 5-minute walking distance from the rail station Friedrichstraße. The massive structure is the last magnificent building of the German Democratic Republic, erected by the regime while it was already caught up in the process of slow disintegration, and this makes it an exceptional monument to Germany’s overcoming of its former division.
The big shows, children’s shows and guest appearances, as well as the Berlinale and galas such as the German Film Awards attract nearly 700,000 visitors annually. Therefore, the Friedrichstadt-Palast is by far the No. 1 among the Berlin theaters. The productions of the house are enormous. With more than 160 participants each evening, including 100 artists, it is also the largest ensuite show in the Western world. The main hall seats 1,891 visitors and includes main, side, front and back stages, a water basin and podiums. The main stage covers 2,200 square meters. The Palace is also equipped with state-of-the-art technology to move around and integrate an additional 700 square meters of stage space as well as a 225 ton water basin.
Today the new Friedrichstadt-Palast theater has entirely arrived in the 21st century. Everything is fresh and up-to-date. The aesthetics of the shows are also very modern and packed with brand-new high-tech effects. Friedrichstadt-Palast has become internationally famous for its award-winning 60-person ballet group, for the diverse sounds of its show music band, and for the Young Ensemble. With 230 Berlin kids between ages 6 and 16, the Young Ensemble is unique in all of Europe.
Every February, the Show Palace is transformed into a film palace when it becomes the Berlinale’s biggest cinema.