Visit Berlin 1927 and explore the VR-reconstruction of the famous theatre. Three storytellers, Walter, Fritzi and Otto, invite you to share their anticipation of the opening night – behind the scenes and on stage. Our digital theatre opens new perspectives; cultural heritage comes alive virtually.
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Play Opening Night at the Großen Schauspielhaus - Berlin 1927

 

About This Game

Three protagonists each invite us to join them on their unique journey down memory lane at the Grosse Schauspielhaus in Berlin. First time visitor Walter Schatz accompanies us through the impressive foyers and the colossal auditorium; celebrated singer Fritzi Massary offers a peek into the cosmos of a star; young lighting technician Otto Kempowski guides us through the fascinating world of theatre engineering. Thus we peer through a digital window to visit the famous theatre’s past and explore its art and architecture spatially in the here and now.

In 1919, theatre impresario Max Reinhardt and architect Hans Poelzig created one of the most visionary theatres of the 20th century in the heart of Berlin. Its expressionistic design, pioneering theatre technology and an innovative stage area made for an iconic piece of architecture, fondly referred to as the “dripstone cave”. Throughout the Golden Twenties theatre director Erik Charell’s musical revues brought the glamour of Broadway to Berlin.

Though the building is no more, a virtual reality experience allows us to visit Berlin’s bygone theatre days at the Große Schauspielhaus in 1927. A special feature of this project: historic artefacts from the Stadtmuseum Berlin and other archives are incorporated into the virtual narrative. Digital exhibits including posters, props, technical apparatus tacitly broaden our knowledge.

The unique architecture provides a traversable exhibition space that comes alive through our protagonists.

DTHG 2021 - Im/material Theatre Spaces
A project by digital.DTHG (Commission for Digitality and New Technologies of the German Theatre Technical Society) and the Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin.
Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, 2019-2021. The project is based on the concept "One Show - Ten Perspectives", by Rebecca Eisele, Elena Kunau, Dominique Lauvernier and Lea Schorling.

Project Team digital.DTHG
  • Project Management: Pablo Dornhege, Franziska Ritter
  • 3D Art & Reconstruction: Sascha Sigl, Pablo Dornhege
  • Development: Lea Schorling, Sascha Sigl
  • Script: Ralph Tharayil
  • Sound: Lorenz Fischer
  • Curation: Franziska Ritter, Rebecca Eisele
  • Illustration: Regina Hapel, Pablo Dornhege
  • Graphic Design: Maria Bürger
  • Subtitles: Julie Kamprath
  • Controlling: DTHG GmbH, Hubert Eckart

Project Team Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin
  • General Director: Berndt Schmidt
  • Project Management: Guido Herrmann
  • Technical Director: Thomas Herda
  • Archive: Gero Konietzko
  • Script Editing: Johanna-Friederike Krüger
  • Project Coordination: Nora Botzenhardt

Voice Actors / Musicians
  • Narrator: Roman Knižka
  • Walter: Sven Brieger
  • Fritzi: Sabine Arnhold
  • Otto: Max Schimmelpfennig
  • Supporting Roles: Florian Krüger-Shantin, Heide Domanowski, Jasper Domanowski, Johanna-Friederike Krüger
  • Violin: David Wedel
  • Piano: Andreas Wenske

Partner Archives:
Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin - Theatersammlung, Theatertechnisches Kabinett der Oper Leipzig, Architekturmuseum der TU Berlin, Stiftung Technikmuseum Berlin

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i5-4590 or greater
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970 or greater
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

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