Of monks and farmers, citizens and festivalgoers
The Alpine Route of the European Route of Historic Theatres leads through the south of Germany and through Switzerland to major forms of the European theatre building: theatres of holy orders and theatre halls, peasants’ theatres, Italian-style opera houses, intimate and festival theatres.
Already in the 16th century, the Jesuits made performances part of their educational activities. The oldest theatre in Switzerland, the municipal theatre in Solothurn, testifies to this, whereas the oldest theatre of Benedictine monks can be found in the baroque monastery of Ottobeuren (Germany).
The rural population was equally keen on performances and hence built their own theatres. One of the most interesting of these playhouses is located in Flintsbach,
Bavaria. In the cities, the Teatro Sociale in Bellinzona is a classic example of an
Italian-style opera house, whereas the Münchner Kammerspiele, an art nouveau theatre, was built for intimate plays.
The Prinzregententheater in Munich and the Théâtre du Jorat in Mézières show how different festival theatres can be: in Munich, it is an opulent building for Richard Wagner’s operas - and in the little village of Mézières, a theatre entirely of wood for the festival of the poet René Morax.
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The last Italian style theatre in Switzerland Three medieval castles – a UNESCO world ...more
Theatre in the countryside In Flintsbach, in the Bavarian valley of the Inn, theatre ...more
Such wood as dreams are made on The Théâtre du Jorat holds a special place in the ...more
Intimate and delicate This building, dreamt up by the son of a spirits producer and ...more
Theme and variations In 1865, Richard Wagner had to flee from Munich, but in 1901 the ...more
The monks and their theatre The golden age of Ottobeuren began when the baroque monastery ...more