Theatres in Dortmund – Discover theatre, drama and ballet in the Ruhr!

If you fancy some theatre, then come to Dortmund! Whether it’s original Ruhrpott comedy with Dortmund legend Bruno "Günna" Knust at his Olpketal theatre or one of the great classics at the Schauspielhaus, you’ll never be short of options here.

Theater Dortmund encompasses several genres of performing arts, including drama, opera, ballet and a youth theatre. It was named Best Theatre in Western Germany for three years in a row and under Artistic Director Kay Voges has become a force to be reckoned with throughout Germany. The innovative pairing of performing arts with digital art is written big in Dortmund. It’s by no means the only theatre in the city, mind.

Fringe theatre across the city

Dortmund is teeming with smaller, independent theatre venues at many different locations across the city area. At the Olpketal Theatre mentioned earlier, the boss himself is the headlining act. Punters can look forward to plenty of big laughs with Günna’s tales of Dortmund life, delivered in the finest Ruhrpott dialect. And, of course, the subject of football provides rich pickings for the former BVB stadium announcer, TV sports presenter and author of BVB hymn "Borussia".

In Dortmund’s Union district, Fletch Bizzel has been spearheading the creative scene based around the Dortmund U tower for 35 years now, while the Nordstadt district is home to two fringe theatres: the Roto Theater, known for its themed literary and poetry events, and the Theater im Depot in a converted tram depot.

In Hörde you can choose between Cabaret Queue and the Hansa Theater, although a fire has forced the latter to move temporarily to a space in Hombruch. A special theatrical treat for the warmer months is to be found at Naturbühne Hohenysburg. This unique open-air theatre plays host to a varied programme with performances throughout the summer.