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.
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.”