Musicals and shows

When Cats burst onto the scene as the first musical in Germany, nobody could have predicted how successful the genre would be. Today, more than 25 years later, Germany is the third-biggest market for musicals after the USA and the UK. Musicals and shows such as DISNEY'S THE LION KING, MAMMA MIA and Starlight Express are filling concert halls and theatres not just in Hamburg – Germany's capital of musicals – but throughout the country.

Three, two, one – go! Flags wave, lights blaze, helmets twinkle… the locomotive world championship is under way. The STARLIGHT EXPRESS Theatre in Bochum ramps up the speed and excitement as Rusty the steam engine, Greaseball the diesel Elvis and the train of the future Electra battle it out.

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The world première of THE MIRACLE OF BERN will also be the first show to play in Hamburg's newly built Stage Theater an der Elbe. A boat shuttle takes visitors across the Elbe from the St Pauli Piers to the theatre, unveiling a panoramic view of the Port of Hamburg and the city skyline along the way.

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The original musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Germany. With more than 130 million visitors worldwide and over 50 international awards, the world's most successful musical is showing at the Stage Metronom Theatre in Oberhausen. The imposing set pieces, splendidly detailed costumes and Andrew Lloyd Webber's world-famous songs mean that this masterpiece is an experience like no other.

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