The Politics of an International Reputation: The Berliner Ensemble as a GDR Theatre on Tour

  • David Barnett
Part of the Transnational Theatre Histories book series (TTH)


The Berliner Ensemble (BE), founded by Bertolt Brecht and Helene Weigel on 1 September 1949 in what was soon to become East Berlin, is one of the most internationally recognised theatre companies of the twentieth century. This essay will examine how the BE attained such a position and will consider through a series of examples the different meanings of the company’s international fame, both for the BE and the Socialist Unity Party (SED), the ruling political party in the German Democratic Republic (GDR).


German Democratic Republic International Tour Cultural Policy Theatre Company International Profile 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Barnett
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  1. 1.University of YorkYorkUK

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