Profile of the theatre

Schauspiel Leipzig sees itself as a municipal theatre for the city of Leipzig. The theatre’s style is informed by aesthetic diversity as a response to the city’s diversity, by distinctive directing approaches, topical debates and many accompanying options. Since 2013, Artistic Director Enrico Lübbe and his team have implemented their notion of a progressive city theatre in accordance with the variety and wide range of interests that can be witnessed in the city of Leipzig every day.

The theatre’s work has been distinguished by repeated invitations to the Berlin Theatertreffen, Mülheimer Theatertage, the Venice Biennale, Heidelberger Stückemarkt or Berliner Autor:innentage as well as its established co-operation with numerous institution in the city of Leipzig.

Schauspiel Leipzig is a pioneer in issues of inclusion: There are regular performances featuring live audio description for blind and visually impaired visitors. Services also include performances with sign language and English-language surtitles. Further participatory and educational formats and clubs open the theatre up to a broad audience.

Schauspiel Leipzig’s venues include the Main Stage, Diskothek and Foyer 1 as well as Residenz in the Lindenau neighbourhood.

The Main Stage (Große Bühne) is the venue for distinctive approaches to directing and classic texts ranging from Euripides to Jelinek: Theatrical double investigations that correlate texts, perspectives and epochs with each other, as for instance in “Die Maßnahme / Die Perser” (Brecht, Eisler / Aeschylus) or “Winterreise / Winterreise” (Schubert, Müller / Jelinek), are a corner stone of programming for this venue.

Topical series of talks on selected productions and on the seasons’ mottos complement the theatre’s profile. Furthermore, the focus point “Pay Attention! Eine urbane Langzeitbespielung (A long-term urban theatre project)” observes the transformation of the city of Leipzig.