Hamburg Kammerspiele

The Hamburg Chamber games are a traditional, formerly urban, now a private theater in Hamburg- Rother tree in the district Hamburg -Eimsbuettel.


Founded by Erich brick 1918 Hamburg Chamber games developed in the 1920s to a center of the modern, expressionist theater. Works of Arthur Schnitzler, Frank Wedekind, Bertolt Brecht and Hans Henny Jahnn were listed here.

The neoclassical building on the Hartungstraße in Hamburg's Rother tree was constructed in 1863 by the businessman Otto Eduard Ferdinand penny and housed, among others, in 1904 the Jewish B'nai B'rith Lodge, which her ​​until 1937, also next to the theater establishment where Logensaal meetings held. 1930 the building had to be sold because of poor global economic situation at the Anthroposophical Society, but still allowed the lodge and the theater, the use of the house.

Meanwhile, the house had been extended to the neighboring building and became a center of the Jewish community in the district. 1941, the Jewish Cultural Association was liquidated by the Nazis and sold the theater to the city of Hamburg forcibly. After the closure of the theater there was on July 11, 1942, a collection of Jewish citizens to the mass deportation to the extermination camps held 375 Jews were deported to Auschwitz.

Under the directorship of Ida honor the theater was opened in 1945. Ida Ehre had survived as a Jew in a concentration camp imprisonment Fuhlsbiittel. She wanted to do in this house theater, there show " human problems and problems of the world ", " of which we were allowed to know anything for 12 years ." The re-opening of the Hamburg Chamber Games was in Hamburg for a new beginning and for the idea of ​​a " theater of humanity and tolerance " ( Ida Ehre ). Milestones in the history of the theater formed the premiere of Wolfgang Borchert's play The Man Outside (1947 ) and the German premieres of many works of Jean Anouilh, TS Eliot, Jean Giraudoux, Jean -Paul Sartre and Thornton Wilder. After the death of Ida honor in 1989, the house of Ursula Lingen, Stephan Barbarino, Gerd Schlesselmann was, and from 1995 - 2003 led by Ulrich Tukur and Ulrich Waller.

From the season 2003/ 04, the Hamburg Chamber Games by Axel Schneider and Dietrich Wersich were performed; Holger Zebu Kluth took effect in July 2004 as a Managing Director in the place of Dietrich Wersichs. Director Axel Schneider emphasized as part of the acquisition, the special roots and tradition of the building and its intention " to maintain and develop " the theater of Hamburg.

With productions such as live - Advertising on stage or film adaptations such as The Man Without a Past by Aki Kaurismäki and the guest directed by filmmaker Dieter Wedel since new ideas were presented. Typical, good stage play and a series of readings are still an integral part of the program.

Both buildings of the theater was rebuilt and modernized in 2002, the main hall can accommodate 419 spectators today. The lodge hall in the same building offers - depending on seating - up to 100 spectators and is used for readings and cabaret.


In the years 1999, 2002, 2006 and 2007, the Hamburg Chamber matches the Pegasus Prize, which since 1999 every year a hamburger private theaters were awarded. Since 1995, toured the theater with productions at the Vienna Festival, the Ruhr Festival, the Festival ouch we live in Bern, with the Zurich Theatre Spectacle, the North German theater meeting and amderem in Berlin ( Admiral Palace, Renaissance Theatre ) and Vienna ( Theater in der Josefstadt ).

In 1999, the Hamburg Chamber matches were invited with the Peter Zadek 's production of the play " Cleansed" by Sarah Kane for the 36th Berlin Theatre Meeting.


  • Erich brick ( 1918-1933 )
  • Ida Ehre (1945 to 1989)
  • Ursula Lingen
  • Ulrich Tukur and Ulrich Waller (1995 to 2003)
  • Axel Schneider ( since 2003)

Known ensemble members

  • Erika Mann
  • Klaus Mann
  • Hans Nielsen
  • Hans Quest
  • Leo Reuss
  • Utz Richter
  • Hans Hermann Schaufuß
  • Albrecht Schönhals
  • Anne Marie Schradiek
  • Carl -Heinz Schroth
  • Pamela Wedekind
  • Grethe Weiser