The main venues of the Central Saxon Theatre are the historic municipal theatres in Freiberg and Döbeln and the beautifully situated lake stage at the Kriebstein Dam.

Actors and singers, opera choir and orchestra delight the region's inhabitants and their guests with around 600 events every year.

Oldest municipal theatre in the world

The Freiberg Theatre on Buttermarkt, privately built in 1790 in a town house built in 1623, was acquired by the city in 1791. Since then, theatre has been performed here under municipal responsibility. This makes Freiberg's municipal theatre the oldest in the world that can still be experienced in the original building.

Stage for citizens and bohemian society

The first opera by Carl Maria von Weber, who was barely 14 years old at the time, was premiered here: "Das Waldmädchen" was written in Freiberg in 1800, was considered lost since the middle of the 19th century and was first heard again in 2015 at the Theater am Buttermarkt.

Since the last extensive renovation, the auditorium with its 300 seats has been restored to the intimate splendour of 1880, in charming contrast to the foyers in the style of the 1950s.

Repertoire with resonance

The international ensemble's drama, music theatre and concert repertoire spans the baroque, classical and contemporary periods. In addition to the standard repertoire, rarities, new discoveries and rediscoveries characterise the artistic profile of the theatre and also attract attention beyond the region.

Since 2021, the theatre has been a member of "Perspectiv. Society of Historic Theatres of Europe".


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Mittelsächsische Theater und Philharmonie gGmbH

Borngasse 1
09599 Freiberg

Theater box office

Visitor service and advance ticket sales
Mittelsächsisches Theater (Central Saxon Theater)

Schloßplatz 6
09599 Freiberg

Tel.: +49 (0) 3731 358235
Fax: +49 (0) 3731 358249

Theatre tour

The oldest municipal theater in the world, affectionately known as the "Little Semper Opera House" due to its interior design, is located in Freiberg! How about a look behind the scenes of the boards that mean the world?

Duration: approx. 1 hour

Price: 5,00 € p.P., reduced 2,00 €

Time: every 1st Monday of the month, 2:15 p.m.

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