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Heinrich Christian Seeling

alias City Theatre, Stadttheater
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Important events

(detail)16.9.1892 | opening
Built in 1880-1892 according to the design by Heinrich Seeling. Opened on 16 September of 1892 with Lessing's drama Minna von Barnhelm.
(detail)40. 's 20. century | reconstruction
The building was destroyed by allied bombs in 1944, it was restored with a much simpler façade by Johannes Borsch & Willhelm Seidensticher and re-opened in 1950 with Wagner's opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Seating capacity: 750
(detail)80. 's 20. century | reconstruction
Following a major reconstruction by the architect Werner Ruhau and a reduction of the auditorium from 670 to 400 seats, the Grillo-Theater became a flexible smaller venue; it re-opened in September 1990 with Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. (Wikipedia)


(detail)Heinrich Christian Seeling |main architect

He was born into a family of Christian Seeling master bricklayer. Even as a boy he learned the craft mason with his father. He was a student of Academy of Architecture in Berlin. He worked in the Berlin studio Hugo Licht, chief counsel of urban construction in Leipzig. The event that had an impact on the architect's career was winning awards in the competition for the theater in Halle. He was honored with the Royal Order of Class IV.

Picture: A design of an opernahus by him for Berlin

In: Freydank , Ruth. Theater in Berlin: von den Anfängen bis 1945. Berlin, 1988. p. 309

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Werner Ruhau |architect
Johannes Borsch |architect




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