The Berliner Staatstheater (Berlin State Theatre), originally opened in 1774 as the Könglisches Schauspielhaus, was the most prestigious theatre in the 1930s Germany and below you can find a list of the plays performed there from the 1932-33 to the 1938-39 season. This list gives an idea which types of plays the NSDAP leadership wanted to see performed (control of the Berlin theaters were firmly in the hands of the regime, though Hermann Göring and Joseph Goebbels fought over control) and though a few outright propaganda plays such as "Schlageter" were on the repertories, it was dominated by the classics, notably Goethe, Schiller and Shakespeare.

Of special interest is the play "Richard III" which the director Jürgen Fehling used as a vehicle for lightly veiled criticism of the regime. It got the director into some problems with the authorities, but the artistic director of the theatre, Gustaf Gründgens (a friend of Görings wife Emmy), managed to protect him, he was however forced to avoid any further criticism of the regime in the other plays he directed there.

It should be noted in regard to the classics that they were normally performed in a way beneficial to the regime and they should not be thought of as "innocent" plays even though they were not the outright propaganda as those penned by Hanns Johst for example.

1932-33 season
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Egmont
Friedrich Schiller The Robbers
Ludwig Holberg Jeppe of the Hill
William Shakespeare Twelfth Night
Friedrich Schiller Wallenstein I and II
Friedrich Schiller Wallenstein III
Gotthold Lessing Minna von Barnhelm
Gustav Freytag The Journalists
Friedrich Schiller Wilhelm Tell
Heinrich von Kleist The Prince of Homburg
Gerhart Hauptmann Gabriel Schilling's Flight
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Nathan the Wise
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing The Matrone of Ephesus
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe The Accomplices
Henrik Ibsen A doll's house
David Kalisch 100.000 Thaler
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Faust I
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Faust II
Sigmund Graff The Endless road
Billinger Rosse
Ziese Siebenstein
Hanns Johst Schlageter
P. Ernst St. Crispin
Hans Christoph Kaergel Andreas Hollmann
Björnson When the new wine ripens
 
1933-34 season
Hanns Johst Schlageter
Hans Christoph Kaergel Andreas Hollmann
Björnson When the new wine ripens
William Shakespeare Julius Caesar
Griese Person made of earth
Hermann Bahr The Concert
Friedrich Schiller The Bride of Messina
Emil Rosenow Kater Lampe
Hanns Johst The Prophets
Boetticher The King
Heinrichs When the cock crows
Benito Mussolini The Hundred days
Graff The Return home of Matthuius Bruch
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Faust I
Blunck The Land in Dämmerung
William Shakespeare Comedy of errors
C. Hauptmann Music
Schwarz Rebel in England
Otto Erler Struensee
Pedro Calderón de la Barca Life Is a Dream
 
1934-35 season
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Faust I
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Faust II
William Shakespeare Comedy of errors
Friedrich Schiller The Bride of Messina
Hermann Bahr The Concert
Schwarz Rebel in England
Pedro Calderón de la Barca Life is a Dream
Lessing Meier Heimbrecht
Heinrich von Kleist Die Hermannschlacht
Eugene Scribe A glass of water
Hans Rehberg The Grand Kurfürst
William Shakespeare King Lear
Bernard Shaw Pygmalion
Kolbenheyer Heroic Passion
Schwarz Prince of Prussia
Wischmann Voice in the storm
 
1935-36 season
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Egmont
Eugene Scribe A glass of water
Hanns Johst Thomas Paine
William Shakespeare King Lear
Christian Friedrich Hebbel Gyges and his ring
William Shakespeare Hamlet
Niebalgall Datterich
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Faust I
Bernard Shaw Pygmalion
Hans Rehberg Friedrich Wilhelm I
Pierre de Beaumarchais Happy days / The Marriage of Figaro
Aeschylus Orestia
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Faust II
 
1936-37 season
Aeschylus Orestia
William Shakespeare Hamlet
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Faust II
Pierre de Beaumarchais Happy days
Knut Hamsun At the gates of the Reich
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Faust I
Eugene Scribe A glass of water
Paul Apel Hans Sonnenstößers Hellride
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Egmont
Friedrich Schiller Mary Stuart
Christian Grabbe Don Juan and Faust
Christian Friedrich Hebbel Gyges and his ring
Gerhart Hauptmann And Pippa Dances
William Shakespeare Richard III
Heinrich von Kleist Amphitryon
Molière The Imaginary Invalid
William Shakespeare Twelfth Night
 
1937-38 season
William Shakespeare Twelfth Night
Friedrich Schiller Wallenstein I and II
William Shakespeare Hamlet
William Shakespeare Richard III
Molière The Imaginary Invalid
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Egmont
Richard Billinger The Giant
Gerhart Hauptmann Michael Kramer
Heinrich von Kleist Das Kätchen von Heilbronn
Friedrich Schiller Mary Stuart
E. W. Möller The Overthrow of the ministers
Bernard Shaw Mrs. Warren's Profession
Hans Rehberg The Seven Years War
Henrik Ibsen Peer Gynt
Otto Erler Struensee
 
1938-39 season
Henrik Ibsen Peer Gynt
Hans Rehberg The Seven Years War
Bernard Shaw Mrs. Warren's Profession
Wolfgang Götz Gneisenau
Christian Friedrich Hebbel Gyges and his ring
William Shakespeare Richard III
Gerhart Hauptmann Michael Kramer
Bernard Shaw Pygmalion
Friedrich Schiller Wallenstein
William Shakespeare Twelfth Night
William Shakespeare Hamlet
Bernhard Shaw The Doctors Dilemma
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Egmont
Christian Friedrich Hebbel Maria Madalene
Friedrich Schiller The Maid of Orleans
Richard Billinger On high seas
Hans Rehberg Queen Isabella
William Shakespeare Richard II
Heinrich von Kleist The Broken Jug
Karl von Holtei 33 Minutes in Grüneberg

Sources used

Elisabeth Schulz Hostetter - The Berlin State Theater under the Nazi Regime

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