Opened in 1883 using a stage built in 1850 for operettas, the Deutsches Theater sought to bring high quality theater to Munich. Under the direction of Max Reinhardt, who took over directorship in 1904, the company rose to prominence internationally. It is still among the best theatres in the world. The main stage currently seats 600, a second stage built in 1906 holds 230, while the foyer added in 2006 seats 80.
The Residenztheater, home of the Bavarian State Drama Company, is the largest theater venue in Munich offering 903 seats. It was built on the foundation of the Cuvillies Theatre, which opened in 1753 but was destroyed during World War II. The magnificent interior of the Cuvillies Theatre can still be seen, however, as it was dismantled in 1944 to protect it from bombing, and then reassembled following the war in the Apothecary court of the Palace.
Founded in 1911, it rose to prominence for the quality of its German language performances. It now produces classic and contemporary plays from German and international playwrights.
The Bavarian State Opera performs predominately in the National Theatre of Munich. The Nationaltheater, originally opened in 1818, was destroyed by fire in 1823 and bombing in 1943. It reopened in 1963. The Bavarian State Opera also performs in Prinzregententheater and Altes Residenztheater.
Built in 1901, it houses the Bavarian Theatre Academy as well as some performances by the Bavaraian State Opera.
The Gasteig is the home to the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the main site for the Munich Film Festival.
Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz
The State Theatre at Gartnerplatz, as it would be translated, is an opera house that also hosts musicals, classical concerts and ballet.
The Munich Folk Theatre attempts to take a new approach or show a new perspective on classic and well-known plays.