From Las Ve­gas-style pro­duc­tions to in­ti­mate shows in a cir­cus-like tent, Berlin’s en­ter­tain­ment scene has a lot to of­fer this month, says Solveig Steinhardt.

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How about a Las Ve­gas-style in­ter­ga­lac­tic love story or ac­ro­bats mixed wth cabaret?

N o mat­ter the rain and the cold, I love Novem­ber nights. The lit-up streets, the gleam­ing shop win­dows, and the feel­ing of an­tic­i­pa­tion that the pre-Christ­mas pe­riod brings make this one of the best times of the year to plan a spe­cial night out: Early din­ner some­where nice, red wine, and a show. Now, if you ask me, I’ll choose a Mozart opera or a Bach ora­to­rio, but Berlin has so much to of­fer that it would be a pity to limit choices to just clas­si­cal mu­sic.

Prid­ing it­self on be­ing the “big­gest stage in the world,” the lux­u­ri­ous Friedrich­stadt

Palast is known for stag­ing gi­gan­tic Ve­gasstyle pro­duc­tions. For its lat­est, The Wyld, the bud­get ex­ceeded €9 mil­lion, used to cre­ate vis­ually breathtaking images that com­bine LED cos­tumes, in­tri­cate chore­og­ra­phy, and lux­u­ri­ous set de­sign. The story drifts through a par­al­lel uni­verse of a fu­tur­is­tic Berlin, with a young BMX rider who meets an unso­cia­ble lady who lives on top of the Berlin TV tower, from which she tries to com­mu­ni­cate with extraterrestrials. The two de­velop an un­usual love story, and only Queen Ne­fer­titi will help them over­come the grav­ity that sep­a­rates them. In­ter­ga­lac­tic me­ta­mor­phoses, bizarre and ul­tra­mod­ern scenery, and an en­er­getic plot make this one of the most spec­tac­u­lar shows in Berlin this sea­son. For some­thing a lit­tle smaller, the Tipi am Kan­zler­amt theater tent presents cabaret shows in a café-like set­ting. When buy­ing their tick­ets, spec­ta­tors get to choose their ta­ble and can or­der food and drinks dur­ing the show, just like in a 1920s jazz bar. Un­til 9 Novem­ber, the Tipi will be pre­sent­ing Briefs, The Sec­ond Com­ing, an en­ter­tain­ing mix of cir­cus ac­ro­bat­ics, com­edy, and cabaret, all en trav­esti and with lots of sex jokes. Known as an “Aussie Cirque du Soleil,” the show is en­tirely in English.

“Lux­u­ri­ous Friedrich­stadt-Palast is known for its gi­gan­tic pro­duc­tions.”

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