Hessian State Theatre

The State Theatre has embodied the cultural essence of Wiesbaden since its opening over 125 years ago.

The Hessian State Theatre

The Hessian State Theatre belongs to the most successful theatres in Germany as well as in the German speaking countries. The Hessian State Theatre presents more than 50 productions per year on its four stages. Completing this playbill are guest productions as well as a wide range of special events, from readings and recitals to celebrity talks. Since all four stages can be used independently, on some days there are up to eight productions taking place in a single day.
Director Uwe Eric Laufenberg makes full use of the benefits of a modern multidisciplinary theatre: There is an outstanding opera repertoire with new stagings of Wiesbaden classics as well as exciting new works, presented by an extraordinary ensemble and high profile international guests.
The drama department offers world premieres and German and German-language premieres. The newly founded Hessian State Ballet associated with both the Wiesbaden and the Darmstadt state theatre has established a new centre for dance and performance with its Artistic Director Bruno Heynderickx. New General Music Director since 2017.2018 and conductor of the Hessian State Orchestra is Patrick Lange. Under his baton the orchestra plays symphony and chamber music concerts every month.
With a new name the Junges Staatsmusical (Young State Musical) remains a renowned talent factory for young musical actors and is part of a large program for kids and young adults under the new heading JUST (Junges Staatstheater or Young State Theatre).
The Hessian State Theatre’s calendar is completed by a large number of additional productions and events. Educational offers around certain plays, matinées and soirées, organized rehearsal visitations, guided tours, tango salons and a program in theatre education for kids and young adults are as much part of the artistic spectrum as the two widely renowned festivals - the International May Theatre Festival (Internationale Maifestspiele) invites acclaimed productions and artists to Wiesbaden, the Biennial »Wiesbaden Biennale« returns for the second time with a new concept in 2022.


Built in Neo-Baroque style by the famous Viennese architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer, construction of the theatre was initiated and financed by Emperor Wilhelm II and opened in his presence on 16 October 1894. Wiesbaden city architect Felix Genzmer's magnificent Foyer extension was opened in 1902, while between 1975 - 1978 the auditorium of the Großes Haus (Main Theatre), with its half-sculptures, stucco work and glorious ceiling fresco, was faithfully restored. Under Prussian Director Georg von Hülsen (1893-1903) the theatre had to make do with only one venue, the Großes Haus (Main Theatre). Nowadays, apart from the Main Theatre (seating 1041), the complex also boasts the Kleines Haus (Small Theatre, with 272 seats), a Studio (89 seats) and its external venue in Schwalbacher Street, the Wartburg (seating 154).

Operating Hours and Box Office Opening Times

Ticket sale:
Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday and on public holidays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Box Office open one hour before the performance.

Tel 0611 - 132 325 | Fax 0611.132 367 | E-mail vorverkaufstaatstheater-wiesbadende | www.staatsttheater-wiesbaden.de

Current Box Office Opening Times
As a result of the nationwide lockdown, the Box Office remains closed to the public until 14 February 2021. 
During this time, ticket sales and customer service enquiries will be handled via telephone, email and through the Webshop.

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