For a totally different theatre experience there's nowhere better than Hamburg, the city with one of the most dynamic and diverse theatre scenes in Germany. And the best time for this is always at the beginning of the new season, when the city's annual Theatre Night gives audiences a whirlwind tour of the world of drama and performance. With a programme featuring 300 events in 40 venues, this is a special night to remember.
On Hamburg Theatre Night, the actors take over the city. Theatres, foyers, bars and even the streets themselves become stages for moving pieces of drama, short stories, tragedies and comedies; for singing, dancing and the spoken word. And in the actors' wake come 16,000 guests, who get around on the 50 shuttle buses, trains and eight riverboats laid on for the event. Once you have your Theatre Night ticket, admission to all the performances is free of charge – which means you'll be criss-crossing the city throughout the evening for cutting-edge theatre, opera, ballet and comedy. The Theatre Night app is a great help in this respect: downloadable free, it contains the complete programme, a comprehensive list of venues, plus all the bus stops en route. Another essential piece of kit is the Hamburg theatre mug, a strictly limited-edition collectors' piece with a new design each year and available for purchase at nine euros. Your mug will be filled with free, fresh coffee at every venue – a great help in getting you get through the night, and keeping you wide awake for the huge closing party on the Reeperbahn!
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