Starting in 1866, Duke Georg II of Saxe-Meiningen, the “theatre duke”, created a new style in theatre with his court theatre company, took it on tour, and caused a sensation all over Europe. “The Meiningers” became synonymous with up-to-date theatre. We can still get an impression of it by way of 280 original, hand-painted stage decorations, among them complete stage sets (above: “Cathy from Heilbronn”).
They were painted in the workshop of the Brueckner brothers in Coburg who also worked for Richard Wagner. The collection is unrivalled in the world and is shown in presentations that change once every year. A film, a stage light show, original costumes, theatre posters and photographs round off the exhibition. In nearby Elisabethenburg Palace more theatre history is on display, e.g. the apartment of the theatre duke.
Visits Elisabethenburg palace: Tue–Sun 10:00 to 18:00
Presentation in the Theatre Museum in the riding hall: Tue–Sun 10, 12, 14, 16 hrs ⋅ Closed mid-January to mid-February