5 places to enjoy culture if you don't speak German in Berlin

1) F40 English Theatre

F40 features three or four English Theatre Berlin productions a month, by local and international talents. There’s a year-round programming which comprises the inhouse productions, selected international productions and work from Berlin’s independent performing arts community, as well as concerts and comedy and drama education.

performance at F40 English Theatre

Fidicinstrasse 40, Kreuzberg

+49 (0)30 6911 211


2) Schaubühne

The Schaubühne is a famous Berlin theatre in West Berlin. Since 1999, it has been under the wings of artistic director Thomas Ostermeier, who made his ensemble an international success. One of the theatre’s distinctive features is a stylistic variety in approaches to directing, including new forms of dance and musical theatre. Resident star actors are Lars Eidinger and Nina Hoss.

Schaubühne in Berlin

Kurfürstendamm 153, Charlottenburg

+49 (0)30 8900 23


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3) HAU

HAU was founded after the fusion of three theatres in the same neighbourhood. It is a theatre and international performance centre with a rather edgy image. Since 2004 HAU stands for the best, most experimental international programme the city has to offer, with a bold blend of contemporary dance and multimedia performances.

performance at HAU

Various locations: HAU 1 at Stresemannstrasse 29, Kreuzberg

+49 (0)30 2590 0427


4) Maxim Gorki Theatre

The Maxim Gorki Theatre, named after the Russian writer Gorky and located in the Choral Academy on the boulevard Unter den Linden, is the smallest and most beautiful of Berlin’s ensemble theatres. Through their eclectic programming and strong image they invite us to think about the human condition and the conflict of identity.

huge sculpture of a man at Maxim Gorki Theatre

Am Festungsgraben 2, Mitte

5) Radialsystem V

This fantastic venue is housed in a former sewage pumping station on the river Spree, and offers a programme that goes way beyond traditional concerts, dance and theatre performances. Radialsystem V continually develops new and innovative ideas and also regularly has educational workshops for children and teenagers in the field of music and dance.

Berlin Radialsystem

Holzmarktstrasse 33, Friedrichshain

+49 (0)30 2887 88588


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