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The theater is one of Germany’s national past times and Stuttgart is no exception. With its Opera House-National Theater conglomerate and other popular venues, there is plenty of culture to be found in this city each and every day.
State Opera House / State National Theater
Stuttgart National Theater (Oberer Schloßgarten 6) is the theater/opera house of many names and functions. Known as Staatstheater Stuttgart or Grosses Haus by the natives, this preeminent theater is also home to Stuttgart’s Opera House.
The original structure was designed by a famous architect from Munich, Max Littman. Littman won an architecture competition that decided the design of this building. Parts of it were obliterated during the destruction of the Second World War. These days the theater is a thriving cultural landmark of Stuttgart.
This performing group is also part of the Stuttgart theater and opera house. They were Germany’s first ballet company and founded in the 1960s. Their dancing tradition goes back to the 1600s, where ballet once entertained the old court of Württemberg. These days, this preeminent group is known for its virtuosity and versatility — staging performances both new and old, modern and classic.
Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra
This musical mainstay of Stuttgart is another cultural highlight. The Philharmonic (Leonhardsplatz 28) offers the best of classical music, from Beethoven and Mozart to Schubert and Mendelssohn.
Theater der Altstadt
This Stuttgart theater is an intimate setting for a play with its 148 seats. The Theater der Altstadt (Rotebühlstraße 89) was founded in 1958 and specializes in contemporary and thought-provoking productions.
The Altes Schauspielhaus (Kleine Königstraße 9) is a popular and much beloved Stuttgart theater. With just under 500 seats, this productive venue runs shows six times a week from September to July. It’s also a famous tourist attraction, not only for its shows, but for its decorative art-nouveau facade.