World-Class Show Business
Deutsches Theater Betriebs GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the City of Munich. The supervisory board, headed by second mayor Katrin Habenschaden, is made up of city councilors from the various parliamentary groups. Thomas Linsmayer has been responsible for theater management since February 2022. Deutsches Theater Betriebs GmbH is the theater’s lessee and, according to its articles of association, essentially has the following tasks: “The purpose of the company is to lease and operate all or part of the Deutsches Theater, to manage the theater operations, the auditorium business, especially during carnival, and all ancillary operations belonging to and possible for a theater and auditorium company. The theatrical program shall include, in particular, operetta, musical, popular theater and modern show.”
In addition to engaging many national and international productions, the Deutsches Theater is focusing on establishing ties with other theatres and festival operators, amongst others the Theaterakademie August Everding, the Staatstheater Karlsruhe, the Landestheater Linz, the Staatsoperette Dresden, the English Theatre Frankfurt, the Junges Theater Bonn and many more..
Due to restoration measures of the theatre, performances took place in a theatre tent that provided 1.600 seats near the Allianz Arena between October 2008 and March 2013. On Jan 17th 2014 the renovated theatre in Schwanthalerstraße was re-opened.
By now the Deutsches Theater has re-established itself in the heart of Munich and can look back on outstandingly successful years. With approximately 300.000 visitors in 2014 and over 315.000 visitors in 2015, these past years have been the most successful in the theatre’s 120-year-long history. These findings are also confirmed economically: While being offered municipal grants amounting to € 1,753 Million, the theatre only made use of € 338.000 and refunded € 1,415 million to the municipal budget. Allocating these figures to the number of spectators in 2015, this means that only € 1,07 per seat are subsidized.
With a versatile programme consisting of well-known musical theatre hit, innovative new productions, dance, cabaret and shows, the Deutsches Theater continues to build its success. In September 2016, the theatre celebrated its 120th birthday.