The Heidelberg Theater was built in a late neoclassical style in 1853. It comprises five types of performing arts: opera, concert, drama and dance as well as a theater for children and young people.
The theater has approximately 300 employees and around 150 regular guests and is therefore one of the biggest employers in town. Since the season 2011/12 Holger Schultze has been the Intendant of the theatre.The Heidelberg Theater is nationally and internationally famous, far beyond the city of Heidelberg. Each year the Heidelberg Castle Festival (Heidelberger Schlossfestpiele) attracts tourists from all over the world. Different performances like plays, opera, dance performances and concerts as well as special programs for children and families are staged directly in front of the beautiful scenery of the famous Heidelberg castle. The Heidelberger Stückemarkt, one of the most important festivals to support young authors in German-speaking areas, is in the focus of the theatre world. An independent jury awards several prestigious prizes.
Since 2008 the Heidelberg Theater has been involved in the important international networks “European Theatre Convention” and “Opera Europa” and has developed new international cooperations whose current one is the coproduction with the Croatian Gavella Drama Theater in Zagreb as part of the Art of Ageing project. The Theater Heidelberg has been collaborated with the Hungarian stage director Viktor Bodó and his Szputnyik Shipping Company to produce König Ubu, which was received with very positive critics by the online theatre portal “Nachtkritik “and figured in the first place of the charts. Another international project is FABULAMUNDI. Playwriting Europe which aims to contribute to the creation of a common European theatre, highlighting experiences, themes and methods typical of each nation through a platform of exchange between national dramaturgies and different mise en scène, in order to detect similarities and differences.