Theatre Festival Lessingtage

The Thalia Theater’s 2022 Lessingtage festival explores the topic ‘Celebration of Life’ with a varied programme for young and old.

Lessingtage Theatre Festival at Thalia

Lessingtage Theatre Festival at Thalia

Lessingtage: Understanding cultures and religions 

The Lessingtage theatre festival (named for the 18th century German author Gotthold Ephraim Lessing) took place for the first time at the Thalia Theater during artistic director Joachim Lux’s opening season in January 2010. The festival, which was later celebrated as ‘Hamburg's new fixed star’, features national and international guest performances that speak to a question posed by Lessing himself: How could understanding between cultures and religions on both a large and small scale be possible? 

Due to the international focus of the festival, many of the pieces featured are in languages other than German or include surtitles for international audience members. Check the festival programme to find out which performances are best suited to your language needs.

Celebration of Life 

As usual, Thalia Theater is starting the new year with the Lessingtage festival, which will be back on site in 2022 after a digital edition in 2021. This year's motto - ‘Celebration of Life’ - addresses life in all of its facets. This year's performances and events are also about contradictions and the fragility of life. Over the course of the festival’s 18 days, participants can go on city tours and visit readings in addition to the impressive plays everyone has come to expect as part of the Lessingtage festival. There will also be a free online exhibition entitled Celebrating Life! as well as an open-air art event.


2023 dates TBA


Thalia Theater
Alstertor 1
20095 Hamburg

Thalia in der Gaußstraße
Gaußstraße 190
22765 Hamburg

For more information, visit Thalia online.

Note: Due to the ongoing public health situation, schedule is subject to change and corona regulations apply.