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One season - three islands of theater

We are opening a new chapter in the forty-year history of the Theater an der Ruhr - and continuing this history, under the sign of radical change. With the start of the new season, the Theater an der Ruhr will in future be inviting audiences to three concentrated theatrical events under the heading of a theme that will shape the entire season: In doing so, the theater is treading a completely new, radical path in Germany's theatrical landscape.

All new productions will be shown exclusively in these condensed "theatre islands". Over the course of three to four weeks in the summer and late fall of 2023, as well as in the spring of 2024, we invite you to these theater sessions, each of which comprises a unique program: In addition to the central theater productions, the audience can expect a theme-specific supporting program of workshops, concerts, art installations, readings, lectures. Discourses and discussions with experts, films and readings encourage the audience to think and participate.

These three theater sessions are concentrated but playful assemblages of artistic work and social exchange. They are intended to bring us into contact with each other and to re-locate the house in the social fabric as a collective space for thought and encounter. Together with you, we would like to explore which deeper phenomena, formative forces and longings penetrate to the surface of our togetherness.

One season - one overarching theme

We understand theater as an inquisitive, interdisciplinary exchange and as artistic and social in-depth research. The focus for this is created by an overarching theme for the season, which relates our three theatre blocks to each other. The various artistic voices of our house with their different approaches, working methods and positions approach this theme and make it the subject of a multi-layered aesthetic exploration.

For the season 23/24, our theme is RAUSCH. We invite you to our grand opening of the season RAUSCH 1: From August 18 to September 9, four theater productions will be performed exclusively, accompanied by a diverse supporting program, which we would like to make you curious about on the following pages. As you know it from the "White Nights", RAUSCH 1 transforms the Raffelbergpark and the theater into an artistically sophisticated as well as summery inviting landscape of experiencing, dreaming, dancing and discussing together.

A simple ticket system

We offer three different ticket categories. Everyone under the age of 30 pays a reduced price of 9 euros. All others pay either 12 euros to attend one play or 18 euros to attend two plays in one day. You choose what and how much you want to see when you buy your ticket. With all tickets, the supporting program of the respective day is included in the price. However, due to time overlaps, it is not always possible to attend all of the program items on one day. We hope for your understanding here - and look forward to seeing you! Here's to your visit to RAUSCH 1 and a raucous season together!