The Municipal Theatre as a Monument to German Literature and Music
The Stadttheater Fürth is located in the middle of the old town of Fürth between the Frauenkirche and the town hall. The interior is decorated in the style of neurococo. The representative building was also financed by donations from the urban population. The design clearly indicates its function as a theatre: the interiors are decorated with putti and masks surrounded by writing samples and musical instruments. The facades are decorated with representations of German masters of music and literature such as Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner and Goethe, Schiller and Lessing. Thus the theatre building has also become a monument to German literature and music.
The municipal theatre today
The theatre has a staff of approx. 60 employees who support the expansion of the own production, so four to six plays can be produced and brought on stage annually.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the theatre, another renovation was completed. Meanwhile the stage of the Schlachthof, the present Kulturforum Fürth, is also used, which developed fast and is today a forum for dance theatre, new music and modern spoken theatre.
In 2007 the theatre hosted the 25th Bavarian Theatre Days. Since then the theatre has also had a rehearsal stage, funds and workshops. Every year, around 250 performances are staged in the theatre's venues, attracting well over 100,000 visitors.
The architectural firm Fellner & Helmer built the neo-Baroque theatre in 1901 and 1902. In 1920 the theatre was transferred to the municipal administration. After 1945, the city theatre was confiscated by the Allies and converted into a cinema for American soldiers. It was not until 1952 that it was returned to its original owners. In the 60's a comprehensive renovation took place. The theatre contract between Nuremberg and Fürth ended between the 70s and 90s. During this period, the Fürth Theatre was regarded as a meeting place for Eastern European music theatres such as the Warsaw National Opera or the Prague National Theatre.
Werner Müller has been director of the Stadttheater since 1990. He managed to lead the theatre to regular in-house productions. For this he developed a 3-step model. In the first seasons a guest performance took place. Here the theatre established itself as a tour stage for many international dance companies such as the Gothenburg Ballet, the Nederlands Dans Theater or Elisa Monte Dance from New York. The second stage was co-productions. In 1994 the theatre realised its first own productions.
How to get there
On the A73 take the exit Poppenreuth and drive towards the city centre. If you are coming from Nürnberg/Plärrer, drive straight ahead along Nürnberger Straße until you see the Stadttheater on your left.
Parking is best in the underground car park of the City-Cemters Fürth. The entrance is on Königsstraße just behind the theatre. From the garage you can get directly to the lower foyer of the theatre. You park during your visit to the theatre at a cultural rate of 2,80 €.
By public transport
You can reach the Stadttheater by underground line U1 (stop Rathaus) or by bus lines 173, 177 udn 178 (stop Stadttheater).