Founded in 1915, the Schauspielhaus Bochum is one of the largest and most notable theatres in Germany, it is located in the city of Bochum (Ruhr).
In the 1980s, under the direction of Claus Peymann, the theatre gained its enormous reputation by featuring contemporary playwrights such as Thomas Bernhard, Heiner Müller and Peter Turrini. With the nomination of Leander Haussmann as director of the theatre in 1995, who was then the ‘youngest theatre director’ of Germany, followed by Matthias Hartmann, the Schauspielhaus Bochum became more and more popular among the young audience, by featuring young contemporary playwrights and directors, both German and international.
It is now directed by Anselm Weber, the former director of the Schauspiel Essen and joint artistic director of the festival Theater der Welt with Robert Ciulli from the Theater an der Ruhr.
The motto of Anselm Weber’s first season at the Schauspielhaus Bochum was “Boropa”, a title with which he wanted to emphasize the international opening of the theatre, inviting artists from Poland, Turkey, the Netherlands, Switzerland or Tunisia.