Guests from Europe

The Wizard of Colours (Čarovnik Barv) (3+) | Lutkovno gledališče Maribor (SI) & LOFT (HR)

Director: Morana Dolenc | in German

A magical piece about what happens when the wizard of colours sets to work - a grey city starts to become colourful and city-life is turned upside-down.

Night Light (I nattens lys) (3+) | Teater Refleksion & Andy Manley (DK/GB)

Director: Bjarne Sandborg | without language

Day is coming to an end and soon everyone will go to sleep. Everybody that is except for one child, who cannot sleep, because he wants to find out who takes care of the night. Be amazed by this poetic adventure.

Nine to Five (Metro, Boulot, Dodo) (5+) | Nevski Prospekt (BE)

Director: Gregory Caers | without language

This fast-moving dance-theatre piece tells the story of a rather unremarkable man, whose usual routine is suddenly broken by a minor incident. Very soon everything seems to get completely out of hand. Slapstick at its finest!

Cellostorm (5+) | Oorkaan & Cello Octet (NL)
Director: Dagmar Slagmolen | without language

What does friendship sound like? We discover the answer to this question and much more when we accompany a dove on its adventurous journey through the jungle, across the steppe, the oceans and the deserts – accompanied by music from all over the world.

Hugging Air (Je brasse de l’air) (6+) | Compagnie L'Insolite Mécanique (FR)
Director: Camille Trouvé | in English

In this charming piece of object theatre we find ourselves in a place which seems to exist outside time. It almost seems as if we are in a laboratory. A fantastical journey for everyone, whether young or old, who likes to dream.

The Elephants’ Trek (A Caminhada dos Elefantes) 6+) | Formiga Atómica (PT)
Director: Miguel Fragata | in German

An actor takes us on a fabulous journey through life and into the beyond. It’s a subject matter which is not often talked about, but which concerns every one of us.

Off Track (Sur le fil) (6+) | Compagnie Pyramid (FR)
Director: Nancy Rusek | without language

With a vibrant mix of hip hop and poetry, six dancers invite us to delve into a world in which the stage set comes to life and other amazing things happen!

Sense (SEИS) (7+) | Compagnie Arcosm (FR)
Director: Thomas Guerry | without language

In the past the Companie Arcosm has again and again delighted our audiences with its inventive dance theatre pieces. This year the memories of the main character lead us into an absurd world, where everything seems to be possible.

A Story Of A House That Turned Into A Dot (Historien om huset, der blev til en prik) (8+) | Teatret Gruppe 38 (DK)

Director: Catherine Poher | in German

The story is told of how long the way home is, when you run away in anger and the world behind you gets smaller and smaller.

Hubo (8+) | El Patio Teatro (ES)
Directors: Julián Sáenz-Lopez & Izaskun Fernández | without language

A search for memories, which are hidden under water and have almost been forgotten. This story about a woman who doesn’t want to leave her home is told with humour and love.

I Will Be Everything … (8+) | 7 Theatres from 7 Countries
Director: Alex Byrne | in various languages

An EU Project: seven theatres collected stories about the world of tomorrow from around 3000 third graders and have developed these stories into a multivoiced, mulitlingual theatre piece.

Falling Dreams (10+) | Het Filiaal theatermakers (NL)
Director: Monique Corvers | in German

A limitless adventure full to the brim with live-video, poetry and music bursting with energy! Anything can happen here, just like in a dream.

Focus Bavaria

Three Little Pigs (Drei kleine Schweinchen) (4+) | Theater an der Rott, Eggenfelden

Director: Eva Kaufmann | in German

The well-known fairy-tale told somewhat differently. A story which tells of the power of friendship, about being a wolf, about fear, trust, freedom and security.

The Loopy Lounge (Das verrückte Wohnzimmer) (5+) | Junges Theater Regensburg

An amusing story about an eccentric old lady, her new neighbour and the strange things that happen in their appartments. And so they decide together to get to the bottom of the matter.

The Robber Hotzenplotz (Der Räuber Hotzenplotz) (5+) | Theater Kuckucksheim, Adelsdorf

Robber Hotzenplotz has stolen grandmother’s coffee grinder! Kasperl and Seppel set about catching him and land themselves in a tricky situation…

I Love You (Ich lieb dich) (8+) | SchauBurg Munich
Director: Ulrike Günther | in German

This award-winning piece concerns itself with the big question - what is love? A boy and a girl examine the question and observe the love of the people that they know.

Having and Wanting (Habenwollen) (10+) | Spiel.Werk Ansbach
Director: Daniela Aue | only little language

This acrobatic dance-theatre concerns itself with the question whether it is still at all possible to Be if you don‘t Have, and how closely linked happiness and ability are.

Home Game Nuremberg

At Home Abroad (Daheim in der Welt) (4+) | Thalias Kompagnons, Nuremberg
Director: Tristan Vogt | in German

Everyone needs a home, a place one belongs, people who make you feel you belong, a place where one feels safe.

Only a Day (Nur ein Tag) (6+) | Theater Mummpitz, Nuremberg

What would it be like to have just one day to live? Fox and Wild Boar ask themselves this question as they watch the Mayfly hatching. What happens if the fly turns out to be charming, if they become friends, or even fall in love with her?

The Queen Bee (Die Bienenkönigin) (7+) | Theater Salz + Pfeffer, Nuremberg

Far away from the kingdom they come from, two king’s sons roam the land and do whatever they feel like doing. But then real life catches up with them…

Matti and Sami (Matti und Sami) (8+) | Theater Pfütze, Nuremberg
Director: Britta Kristina Schreiber | in German

Soemtimes lies are just fibs, sometimes they are something much bigger. Matti‘s and Sami’s world becomes unbalanced every time that grown-ups tell lies. Unfortunately this happens again and again and sometimes the situation can get out of control.

Morph?! (8+) | Alexandra Rauh & Gunnar Seidel, Nuremberg
Directors: Alexandra Rauh & Gunnar Seidel | in German

With a great deal of humour five dancers take commonplace cliches, mix them up, put them together again in a new way and ask, among other things, how children create their view of the world.


Invaders (Envahisseurs) (7+) | Compagnie Bakélite (FR)

Director: Olivier Rannou | only little language

Are we the only beings in the universe? It seems very unlikely! Be witness to the sudden appearance of flying saucers and an alien invasion. Are you ready?

Practising Love (Liebe üben) (10+) | Theater Sgaramusch (CH) & Nevski Prospekt (BE)

Director: Hannah Biedermann | in German

An actress and a dancer fetch love from its place in seventh heaven and bring it down to the stagefloor, a place where people rehearse, practise and sweat. And where anything is possible. Because love is a part of life, because she is beautiful, but at the same time she is complicated.

Supporting Programme

Happy Places

My neighbourhood – my city – my happy places.

Places exist, where you shed your worries the minute you arrive. The things that have been worrying you lose their importance. Something else takes their place. A feeling of well-being in the moment.

In autumn and winter 2019 we went on the search for personal „happy places“, along with schoolchildren from four classes from four parts of Nuremberg. We let them show us their Happy Places in their city, in their neighbourhood and in their fantasies. And we let the children write down and tell their stories: „I was happy when….“

These stories and thoughts on Nuremberg’s „Happy Places“ can be experienced in our listening room.

In German language

Wed, 5 Feb, 5 p.m. - 5.25 p.m. | Thu, 6 Feb, 1.30 p.m. - 1.55 p.m. & 4 p.m. - 4.25 p.m. | Fri, 7 Feb, 1.30 p.m. - 1.55 p.m.  | Sat, 8 Feb, 4 p.m. - 4.25 p.m. | Sun, 9 Feb, 12 a.m. - 12.25 a.m. Theater Mummpitz (3rd Floor)

Admission  free, but please register in advance

Supported by Bewerbungsbüro Nürnberg Kulturhauptstadt Europas 2025

Festival Opening

Even a journey of a thousand miles must begin with the first step. (Lao-Tse)
We celebrate the start of our 11th Festival at our festival hub, Café Mahlzahn, with  speeches and  musical interludes.  Naturally refreshments will be provided. The two performances I will be everything (8+) and Invaders (7+) can be seen before or after the opening ceremony. Welcome!

Tue, 4 Feb at 6. p.m.

Café Mahlzahn at Theater Mummpitz

Admission  free, but please register in advance

ASSITEJ Workshop |  Childhood, Family, Gender in TYA

How do adult theatre-makers see children and childhood, family and gender? And how do children see themselves? How do they see themselves within the family, in the context of their gender and in reaction to society’s view of their gender? Taking the performance Practising Love (Theater Sgaramusch/Nevski Prospekt) as a starting point, we will examine how these themes are dealt with in theatre performance.

With: Thilo Grawe (University of Hildesheim), Marie Weich (hannsjana, Berlin) & Hannah Biedermann, Ives Thuwis & Nora Vonder Mühll  (Team Practising Love)

This event will be conducted in English.

Part I: Fri, 7 Feb, 11.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  at Hubertussaal

Part II: 4 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. at Theater Mummpitz

Admission free, but please register in advance

Supported by ASSITEJ Germany e.V. , Deutscher Bühnenverein / Landesverband Bayern & Kulturstiftung der Sparkasse Nürnberg

Loosening-Up! panoptikum on Ice

It‘s cold, the ladies glide round the inner circle, the gentlemen the outer circle, accompanied by music
and mulled wine. We recommend wrapping up warmly …

Yes, the tradition is carried on: panoptikum goes ice-skating again and you are invited!

Fri, 7 Feb at 9.30 p.m.

Eisbahn Zirndorf (Transfer from Theater Mummpitz at 9 p.m.)

Admission 5 € - please register in advance

Nazi Party Rally Grounds

A guided tour in English language to the area, where the National Socialists held their elaborate annual propaganda spectacle. The tour (in English) provides an account of the use of architecture as a theatrical backdrop to the various events, explains the function of the rallies themselves and the way in which Nuremberg has dealt with its National Socialist legacy.

Sat, 8 Feb, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Starting point: Derag Hotel

Admission 5 € - please register in advance

T.E.E.N. Kitchen Table

Two Danish teenage ambassadors and ten to twelve German teens will lead a Kitchen Table discussion on the topic Childhood, Family and Gender. The Kitchen Table is a reflection tool able to engage teenagers, artistic directors, artists, playwriters and teachers in a unique and innovative way that stimulates dialogue between theatre professionals and teenagers. Empowers teens to reflect on how and why they use culture and gives theatre professionals and programmers an insight in the perceptions of a teen audience.

This format is a part of the Theatre European Engagement Network (T.E.E.N.), a Creative Europe research project that aims to engage teenagers in theatre and create a European Network, that discusses and disseminates the newest research and best practice within performing arts for young audiences.

This event will be conducted in English.

Sat, 8 Feb, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Admission free, but please register in advance

Theater Mummpitz

Teen Ambassadors across Europe is funded by Creative Europe, the project's partners are: Culturcentrum Hasselt (BE), Teatercentrum (DK), Fundació Bancària La Caixa (ES), Segni d’infanzia (IT), Norsk Scenekunstbruk (NO), Dialogue Community Performance (UK)


All‘s Well That Ends Well – Festival Party

As we near the end of our festival we invite all our participants and guests to a festive dinner and party. With live music of course!

Sat, 8 Feb at 8.30 p.m.

Closed party - by invitation only 

Café Mahlzahn at Theater Mummpitz

Theatre, Jam & Coffee – Theatre Brunch

Finally theatre and food come together: enjoy a “second breakfast” – before or after the last performance at the festival hub.

Sun, 9 Feb, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Café Mahlzahn im Theater Mummpitz

panoptikum ist eine Veranstaltung des Theater Mummpitz Nürnberg. panoptikum steht unter der Schirmherrschaft von Bernd Sibler, Bayerischer Staatsminister für Wissenschaft und Kunst und wurde mit dem EFFE Label (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) als eines von „Europe’s finest festivals“ ausgezeichnet.