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An Old Garden as a Summer Open-air Theatre

Every summer, in the open-air theatre in Ludwigsburg, you can see plays for kids in the late afternon and for adults in the evening. The theatre is located in an old garden, surrounded by a tall wall, right in the city.

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Once there was a brewery in Ludwigsburg. Mr. Cluss owned the brewery. He was very successful and sold a lot of beer. He expanded his business and bought land.

His wife was a garden enthusiast. She asked her husband to install a garden behind their new business. As a loving husband, he did was his wife asked him. First, Ms. Cluss had a tall wall built around the garden, to protect it from any intruders. She had installed doors at the entrances of the garden, which could be locked.

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No one saw, what happend behind those walls. Ms. Cluss tended her garden veery well. She planted trees, laid out paths and bordered them with hedges from boxwood.

As the years passed, the trees grew and the garden got greener. However, Mr. Cluss sold less beer and his business decreased. Finally he died in his brewery. His wife died as well and the two children inherited everything. His daughter continued to take care of the garden until she passed away at an old age.

Everybody forgot about the garden and the garden grew wild. Blackberry and elder started to grow excessively in the garden. (Well, it did not hapen quite that way, but it is pretty close to the truth)

In 1990 the garden was found again. After restoring some of its old beauty, the idea came up to install a theatre stage in the open space of the garden and have a theatre there in open-air.

After a strong winter storm some of the trees got torn-off, making space for a second stage, which is now used for a younger audience. Since the spot holds plays in the afternoon, they hung some canvas accross the seats as sun protection. On hot days, you need that.

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During opening time there is a Biergarten in the garden to supply the audience with drinks and small food items during the break.

Children’s literature, like Kalle Blomquist, or Momo gets performed for younger audience (adults will not get thrown out).

For adults, the company plays classical, as well as modern pieces. This year’s favorite was Die Räuber by Friedrich Schiller.

If you plan to go there, I suggest to preorder the tickets on the internet, because it is sold out very fast. And important to note, there are no numbered seats: first come, first served; but they do offer seat cushions. On colder nights, it is a good idea to bring a sweater or jacket, because as you already know, it is open-air. You get to the Cluss garden either from the B27 at the Scala cinema, or from the Rathausplatz, which is more convenient, because you can park you car there. Watch for the billboard of the theatre to find the entrance. As show, it is just a small door in the wall.

For further info and tickets, refer to the Theater Sommer website.

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