Schauspielhaus Bochum



Director: Claus Peymann
Stage: Karl-Ernst Herrmann

1914 the city of Bochum decides to buy up the unfinished building of the vaudeville theatre Apollo from Clemens Erlemann, located at the corner Königsallee/Oskar-Hoffmann Street, in order to establish a continious theatre service. The stage whose Art Nouveau façade is replaced by a temple front remains without an ensemble of its own untill the directorship of Saladin Schmitt in 1919 and is played by guest performances of the Düsseldorf playhouse.
After the almost complete destruction of the theatre due to bomb attacks onto the city in the year 1944 the theatre service takes place in the Parktheater in the Bochum municipal park until the 1950s. 1953 the theatre is reopened according to the plans of the Berlin architect Gerhard Moritz Graubner, already featuring today’s form. The big auditorium subsumes 811 spectators. 
1979 first renovations are carried out under Peymanns direction. Below’s machinery is furnished with large lift podiums, and steel girders with traction machinery, heavy-weight in tons, are installed into the rig loft. Bochum gets a mobile revolving stage.
Matthias Hartmann sees to it that the Schauspielhaus receives a general refurbishment in the year 2000. During the course of the construction works the foyer and the auditorium are refurbished with heritage protected colours and drapery of the year 1953. In addition, the upper machinery was overhault and a new sound system and stage caller system was installed. Since the season 2005/06 Elmar Goerden has been appointed as theatre manager of the Schauspielhaus Bochum.

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