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Theaters start season with premieres and visitor festivities

Saxony's theaters are entering the new season with well-filled schedules. They are wooing visitors with popular plays, premieres and special offers. The theaters are avoiding raising prices.

Theaters in Saxony are starting the new season with premieres and theater festivals. With special offers, they are trying to get more people interested in the performing arts, according to a survey of some theaters by Deutsche Presse-Agentur. In addition, the houses are anxious to avoid price increases. However, this does not always succeed.

For example, visitors to the Plauen-Zwickau theater have to prepare for ticket prices that are up to three euros higher. The prices had remained stable for a long time, says general director Dirk Löschner. "But now we have to take into account the rising costs of energy, higher salaries for staff and materials." For children, young people, students and family tickets, however, the increase is lower. Currently, the tickets cost between 18 and 38 euros, depending on the venue, genre and seat.

With a new production of "Der Freischütz" by Carl Maria von Weber, the two houses of the theater celebrate anniversaries right at the beginning of the season. 200 years ago, the first curtain rose in the Gewandhaus in Zwickau and 125 years ago in the Vogtlandtheater Plauen. In both houses, "Der Freischütz" was also performed at the opening. Popular performances are also to be experienced in the new season - for example "The Abduction from the Seraglio" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or the ballet "Swan Lake".

"The ticket prices at the Staatsschauspiel in Dresden will remain stable in the new season," assured theater spokeswoman Franziska Blech. In addition, she said, each ticket entitles the holder to a free ride on public transportation to and from the theater. The new season will be heralded with a big opening party for the whole family. A total of 22 premieres are on the program for the new season. Seven of them are world premieres, it said. Thus already in September "Lulu" of Frank Wedekind comes on the stage, whose premiere had to be shifted twice because of the Corona pandemic.

In October follows an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's "Threepenny Opera". The productions of, for example, "Peer Gynt" after Henrik Ibsen, "Woyzeck" by Georg Büchner or "The Sandman" after E.T.A. Hoffmann are intended to appeal primarily to younger people. With the "Long Night of the Dresden Theaters" or events of the citizens' stage, the Staatsschauspiel wants to break down inhibitions and attract more spectators.

On two weekends in October, the Landesbühnen Sachsen in Radebeul celebrate the start of the new 2023/24 season with the public. Visitors can enjoy performances or watch actors rehearse.

Two new subscriptions are aimed from this season at children, young adults and anyone who wants to get a taste of theater. Who acquires a "theater card 20 for getting to know" for ten euro, receives on tickets a discount of 20 per cent. With the "U25-Theatercard", children and young adults up to the age of 25 can go to the theater four times for 24 euros.

The 2023/24 season at Schauspiel Leipzig is headlined "In the midst of history". A premiere double bill of "Cabaret" and "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" on the Great Stage will open the season. At the entrance prices at first not rattled.

To inspire new guests for the theater, concerts, Karaoke, surprise evenings of the ensemble and small productions are organized in the "Foyer 1", a stage in the dressing room foyer, to the entrance of only five euro. There are offers for schools and Kitas as well as four theater play clubs, public rehearsals and play introductions.

At the Chemnitz Municipal Theaters, visitors must adjust to changed starting times in the opera house as well as symphony concerts. Among other things, visitors can look forward to the two musical theater classics "Cabaret" and "Rigoletto". A special highlight is Anton Bruckner's 5th Symphony, which will be performed together with the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra.

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