We make theatre there – and more!
The Uckermärkischen Bühnen Schwedt (ubs) with their wide variety of theatre, entertainment and event service welcome about 145,000 visitors and guests annually and, thus, belong to the outstanding cultural locations in north-east Brandenburg.
The ubs, municipally run by the town of Schwedt/Oder, are an one branch theatre (drama) both for in-house performances and on tour. They receive a public funding from the Land Brandenburg, the town of Schwedt/Oder and the Uckermark administrative district. With a yield of approximately 19 per cent, they are the most cost-effective theatre of Brandenburg.
ubs – History
Theatre in Schwedt goes back to a tradition of more than 200 years. Under the last Schwedt margrave, Henry Frederick, an operetta theatre was established, soon getting well known beyond frontiers. At the end of the 70ies, when Schwedt developed into an industrial town, the theatre tradition came into life again. Since 1978, at the place of the former Schwedt margrave castle there is the building of the Schwedt cultural centre (Kulturhaus), of today´s Uckermärkische Bühnen. One year later the neighbouring „intimate theatre“ became home of the theatre company of Prenzlau, hence under the name „Theatre of the town of Schwedt“. In 1990, cultural centre and theatre merged into the „Uckermärkische Bühnen Schwedt“, what was and is a unique constellation in the whole of Germany..
ubs – The Theatre
Since being founded, the ubs aim at attracting the attention of a wide audience with a season programme that is characterized by offers of a classical city theatre, combined with concerts, music guest performances and entertainment. Today the ubs have five venues to offer their performances and events.
The Great Hall with a capacity of over 800 is ideal for own theatre and music productions, entertainment shows, concerts and national or international guest performances.
Having been built in 2003, the Small Hall with a maximum of 300 seats is well-proportioned for childrens´ and youth plays, for own music productions as well as concerts and smaller-scale performing arts.
The adjacent intimate theatre with its special studio atmosphere is dedicated mainly to performances of the own company of 16 actors.
The Berlischky Pavillon, the former Huguenot church of Schwedt, is one of the few preserved historical buildings of the town upon the Oder river, chamber concert take place here regularly.
In summer, the „European Huguenot park“, charmingly located between the ubs building and the Alte Oder river, invites to its Park festival and the 400 seated open-air stage.
The Uckermärkische Bühnen Schwedt are a professional host to combign artistic offers with meeting and conference needs in order to present custom-tailored event conceptions. Our event profile covers fairs and congresses as well as presentations, balls and exhibitions. The ubs may either be the host for events of external partners or may act as organizers. The Small Hall and the Main Foyer, EU-funded and built in 2003, provide the basis for a wide variety of events.
ubs – The Cultural Centre for a Whole Region
The Uckermärkische Bühnen Schwedt understand themselves as cultural centre for the whole region. Their offers are addressed to all groups of age or interest. This includes childrens´ and youth activities as for instance qualifications for teachers, school theatre days and projects on youth theatre, which go far beyond the usual theatre schedule and are accompanied by a theatre education teacher. As well, events enjoy great popularity among elderly people. The ubs are in close contact with associations and organizations, what includes such special offers like morning performances, conversational circles and guided tours. Apart from this, there are special offers for companies (business theatre, special rates for employees, promotion acts in companies). The ubs take an entrenched position within the social life of the region.