Theatres & Stages in Cologne

Kirschgarten © SebastianHoppe

Cologne’s theatres leave no wish unfulfilled. No matter whether you’re a fan of traditional folk plays, political satire, independent theatre or exclusive comedy shows, Cologne has something to offer every theatre lover.


Cologne’s three municipal theatres are the Kölner Schauspielhaus, the Hänneschen-Theater and the Kölner Oper (Cologne Opera House), including the Kinderoper (children’s opera). Besides the municipal theatres, Cologne has dozens of independent theatres that are an important part of the city’s cultural landscape.


One of the most famous of these independent theatres is certainly the Volkstheater Millowitsch. This family-run enterprise has existed since the mid-19th century. Originally founded as a puppet theatre, it was converted into a normal theatre in 1894. Since then it has specialized in comedies spoken in the Cologne dialect.


Cologne also has several outstanding cabaret theatres such as the Senftöpfchen and the COMEDIA Theater.


Theaterszene Köln (in German only)

Hänneschen-Theater © koelnerfoto

The Hänneschen-Theatre is an traditional Rod Puppet Theatre.

Hänneschen Theater
My Fair Lady ©Khalid Al-Busaidi

The Cologne Opera offers productions that are outstanding for their music and staging.

Cologne Opera
Schauspiel Köln im DEPOT

Since 2013/14 the SCHAUPIEL KÖLN guests at the Carlswerk-Area in Cologne-Mülheim.

Theater innen © Kabarett Klüngelpütz

Here you find an overview of the free stages in Cologne (only in German).

Further Theatres in Cologne
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