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Hamburg's theatres launch Christmas drama season

Festive entertainment featuring rapping angels, musical Advent calendars and winter tales at Elbphilharmonie

Theatres in Hamburg have plenty of drama in store for big and small, young and old and for both lovers and haters of Christmas this year with traditional music, song satire, ballet and classical musical. The following is a brief overview:

First Stage Theater’s “Big Christmas Show 2017”

Pupils at the Stage School Hamburg, Germany’s oldest private school of performing arts, proved their talents last year and are staging the Big Christmas Show 2017 in Altona’s First Stage Theater. The audience will be taken on a whirlwind tour of 26 Christmas hits with rapping angels, captivating soliloquys under the Christmas tree and comedy set against sparkling Christmas backdrops. As part of the show before the show, guests will be welcomed to the magically decorated theatre and a cool ice-lounge with catering from November 20-December 22 with various Christmas songs and carols.

Christmas haters and Altonaer Theater

All those who hate Christmas should perhaps book a ticket for Kristian Bader and Michael Ehnert Der Weihnachtshasser” highlighting Charles Dickens “Scrooge”. The character in the author’s 1843 novella, “A Christmas Carol”, Ebenezer Scrooge is a cold-hearted miser who despises Christmas, but the fate of Tiny Tim warms his heart and the skinflint eventually repents and mends his old ways. Predictably, Bader and Ehnert add a 21st century twist to the traditional tale with many satirical puns on commerce and politics which the duo deliver in a slapstick, improvised style from December 13-17 in Altonaer Theater.

“Christmas with LaLeLu” in Schmidt Tivoli

The LaLeLu a cappella quartet turns the comedy up a notch in Schmidt Tivoli and reveals all you ever wanted to know about Xmas. The merrymaking includes a biker who calls everyone to come and get their presents, “Angela Merkel” performing her own poem for Advent and a Finnish angel who seduces Santa Clause. The quartet Sanna Nyman, Jan Melzer, Frank Valet and Tobias Hanf have a few musical surprises in store on November 27 and on December 20 at ”Christmas with LaLeLu” in Schmidt Tivoli.

Literary and musical advents calendar in Staatsoper Hamburg

The Staatsoper Hamburg is promising a different surprise every day with its Literary Musical Advents Calendar from December 1-23. Visitors can expect to hear stories, poems and songs presented by members of the opera company, the Internationalen Opernstudios, Hamburg Ballet and the Philharmonic State Orchestra and their guests in the lobby at 5 pm (Sunday, 12 noon and at 4:30 pm on December 23).

Christmas Oratorio I-VI in Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier

The ballet to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio I-VI by choreographer John Neumeier promises a timeless tale of trust, hope and joy this festive season. This new work comprises all six Bach cantatas, Neuemeier stressed. Ballet and music fans can enjoy performances on December 20, 23, 26, 29, 30 and on January 1, 2018 in the Staatsoper Hamburg.

Elbphilharmonie to host “A Winter’s Tale”

The Elbphilharmonie will host “A Winter’s Tale” from December 26-28 by Christoph Israel, the Berlin-based pianist, arranger, composer and producer, with a collection of German Christmas songs. Israel has put his touch on songs such as “Ihr Kinderlein kommet”; “Schneeflöckchen Weißröckchen” or “O Tannenbaum” and arranged contemporary classic versions of traditional Christmas songs. The Kammerakademie Potsdam, Katharina Thalbach and Thomas Quasthoff are among stars performing at this winter concert.

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