Historical Theatres Exploration Trips

Our Theatres Exploration Trip to Meiningen 09/15/2022 - 09/18/2022

Bye, bye and goodbye Meiningen,

and again the joint theater tour passed far too quickly. Meiningen and the cultural treasures of the ducal town have left their mark and given many participants the idea of planning another visit to the theater city. For 16 years, we found out, the Meininger Theater went on tour in Germany and Europe and it was always full of enthusiasm "The Meiningers are coming". Equipped with the impressions of the theater trip, we now say: "Meiningen, we will come (again)".
The castle with museum and temporary exhibitions, the theatre museum with the unique collection of around 280 theatre decorations from the Meiningen court theatre from the last third of the 19th century, the theatre including theatre tour, a performance and a visit to rehearsals, city tour, meeting with the Meiningen theatre development association and also the tour of the steam locomotive works and time for individual viewing - an all-round exciting program that Klaus Möbus organized perfectly in the usual way.

Thank you, thank you, thank you - and we are happy to be all together again.

IHowever, it is worth reviewing the experiences in Meiningen again - especially with regard to the theatre. The name of Duke George II has made its mark. After all, it was he who, when he took over the regency in 1866, transformed the theater into a playhouse. He was not only a friend and patron, but also a leading artist, directing and designing all the sets and costumes. These were painted in the famous Coburg "Atelier for scenic stage designs". The brothers Max and Gotthold Brückner turned the designs into masterful stage-filling landscape panoramas and atmospheric interior decorations. We got an impression of it during the tour in the theatre museum.

During our visit to the theater we experienced a modern theater that still feels committed to tradition in Erich Wolfgang Korngold's opera "Die tote Stadt" and during the rehearsal of "Kabale und Liebe". Self-confidence is part of trying something new and wanting to bring it to the stage, and so I liked the statement (in essence) at the introduction to the "Kabale" rehearsal: Today we can allow ourselves to say something against the grain to Schiller brush... Be curious about the performance... There will be a need to talk... See you..." And there were definitely discussions - both about the opera and about the "Kabale und Liebe" production. That's right, Opinions matter, discussion is important, but the art is free, often ahead of its time and so diverse that everyone can find their profession.And even if my impressions of the two performances are somewhat conflicting, I'm glad I saw them to have.

Brigitte Krooß

Preview for 2023

In August 2023 we are planning a trip to Bayreuth (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWWKnfHbz4g) for the festival.
We are going by bus and will probably be staying four nights in the Hotel-Pension Dressel in Warmensteinach, an inexpensive accommodation for hiking groups 24 km from Bayreuth. Bayreuth hotels cannot be paid for during the festival. We also visit the Margravial Opera House and the Erlangen Theater, take a city tour of Bayreuth and visit nearby parks.
Anyone who would like to come along should register with Klaus Möbus (moebus.verein@theater-putbus.de) and must have (create) a customer account (if possible for each email address) at https://www.bayreuther-festspiele.de/ .
The schedule is due out in November. Then we determine for which performances everyone with a customer number orders four tickets. We can only go if we get 30 tickets in total for one of the performances. You don't have to take the tickets you ordered! The chance of getting tickets is small. That's why we need to place as many orders as possible.
IThe selection includes the operas "Tannhäuser" (criticism: https://www.br-klassik.de/aktuell/news-kritik/bayreuther-festspiele-tannhaeuser-kritik-2022-100.html) and "Tristan and Isolde" (recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DWUAU3DHV8).
The theater trip is expected to take place either from 12.-16. August with "Tristan und Isolde" or from 13.-17. August with "Tannhäuser" planned.
Both are productions that you can watch without dread.
If you don't like Wagner operas, you can of course also come along.

You can read in the Archive about our Historical Theatres Exploration Trips of the past years.