Theater Duisburg

The house

With its central location on Opernplatz, just a few steps away from Königstraße, the theatre is one of the most distinctive buildings in the city of Duisburg. Its gleaming white front is reminiscent of an ancient temple.
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Resting on six Ionian pillars, the triangular gable is inscribed with a quotation by Friedrich Schiller from his ‘Homage to the Arts’:

Mit allen seinen Tiefen seinen Höhen
Roll ich das Leben ab vor deinem Blick,
Wenn du das große Spiel der Welt gesehen
So kehrst du reicher in dich selbst zurück

(With all its lows and its highs
I roll life out before your eyes.
Once you have seen the world’s great game
You will find yourself enriched again.)

Prof. Martin Dülfer was the architect of Theater Duisburg, which opened in 1912. It presented a repertoire of opera and theatre productions by various different ensembles before it was destroyed in an air raid in 1942, immediately after a performance of ‘Tannhäuser’. The next performance in the rebuilt theatre did not take place until 1950.
The auditorium was reconfigured and renovated in 1970 and it now has seats for 1,118 visitors. Smaller performances and concerts are also held in the opera foyer, a popular place to meet in the interval with a 1950s flavour. There is also space for less conventional theatre productions in Foyer III, underneath the roof of the building.
The Deutsche Oper am Rhein presents around 80 opera and ballet productions per season on the main stage. This is supplemented by numerous guest performances by theatres from North Rhine-Westphalia and the cultural festival ‘Duisburger Akzente’. The Duisburger Philharmoniker also performs concerts in the building opposite, the Philharmonie Mercatorhalle.

Things to know for your visit

How to get here
47051 Duisburg

By bus and rail
Get off at “König-Heinrich-Platz”
U-Bahn: U79, tram: 901, 903
Get off at “Stadttheater”
Bus: 933
The theatre is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from Duisburg main station (Hauptbahnhof).

Combination bus and rail ticket
Our tickets are also valid as permits for travel (this does not apply to Print@home tickets) to and from the theatre on the day of the performance using the entire VRR network – for more details:

By car
Follow the signs for the city centre (Zentrum) and Stadttheater / Mercatorhalle.

The following car parks are located nearby and offer flat rate evening / event tariffs:
  • König-Heinrich-Platz underground car park: theatre tariff of 4,00 € (18:00 – 0:00 h)
  • City Palais underground car park: theatre tariff of 4,00 € (18:00–06:00 h); Sundays and public holidays 06:00–18:00 h max. 4,00 €
Disabled Access
Theater Duisburg is an historic building with limited disabled access. Our telephone reservation teams are here ready to help with any questions you may have about access to our buildings etc.

Wheelchair spaces, lifts & disabled parking spaces
Please inform us directly when booking your ticket whether you will require space for a wheelchair.
The Duisburg Theater has two wheelchair spaces in rows 3 and 12, and three additional wheelchair spaces will be added as needed.
Please note that Theater Duisburg provides access to the stalls via a stair lift, however the building does not have a lift to the circle foyers. There are disabled parking spaces in Moselstraße.

For those with hearing impairment
Theater Duisburg has infra-red hearing aids available (deposit required) from our front of house staff in the box office foyer: infra-red stethosets for visitors without hearing aids and an infra-red audio system for visitors wearing hearing aids.
Our caterer (FSGG) offers a selection of drinks and small dishes before the performance and during the breaks.

Would you like to reserve a table in advance? Please contact the FSGG team:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm.
Tel.: 0203 45 03 90

Please note that you must confirm your table reservation with our service team in the opera foyer on the 1st floor before the performance. We kindly ask you to pay for the ordered drinks and food in cash, card payment at the catering is not possible.

You can also pre-order drinks or finger food plates for the interval from one hour before the performance: We will be happy to take your order in the opera foyer. If you pre-order food, a fixed table will also be reserved for you for the interval, subject to availability.

Our catering partner at the Theater Duisburg:
Frank Schwarz Gastro Group GmbH

More Information
Opening hours, cloakroom, introductions and more –
we have compiled all the info for you here:
Seating Plan