“Little Playhouse [Kleines Schauspielhaus]—Friedrich Lobe, Director —1932/1933 Season” sits in elegant silver font on the square black 32-page brochure that was printed in Hamburg in August 1932 and is now held in the State and University Library. A drawing of the auditorium on the first page, “after completed renovation,” is followed by a 2-page self-description that explains the ambitions of the new theater. It conceives of itself as absolutely independent (above all in matters of repertoire), wishes to introduce the “noble Hamburg theater tradition” into modern times and to seek creative interaction with the public in the atmosphere of intimate theater. In boldface type are listed the names of former members of the Thalia ensemble (Friedrich Lobe, Charlotte Schellenberg, Marianne Wentzel, Eduard Gerdts, Albin Skoda); alongside are famous Berliners, such as Hans Albers, Lucie Höflich, Fritz Kortner, and Gustav Gründgens, who are expressly not coming to Hamburg just as “celebrities.” The closing comment by an unnamed theater professional sums up the house’s aspiration to create “theater for educated Europeans”. The rest of the booklet consists of details concerning the management of the theater, a listing of twenty planned productions, ticket prices, information about the not-for-profit “Society of Friends of the Little Playhouse in Hamburg,” as well as sixteen portraits of the artists, and two sketches of stage-settings. A detachable declaration of enrollment in the “Society of Friends” concludes the brochure.
Little Playhouse [Kleines Schauspielhaus] – Friedrich Lobe, Director – 1932/33 Season (translated by Richard S. Levy), edited in: Key Documents of German-Jewish History, <https://dx.doi.org/10.23691/jgo:source-208.en.v1> [September 28, 2021].