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100 Hansa Theatre, Hamburg

The Hansa Theatre in Hamburg is a private vaudeville theatre founded in 1894 by Paul Willhelm Grell. His son, Kurt Grell, later inherited ownership of the building in 1943 after the passing of his father and the ruthless aftermath of Operation Gomorrah. During World War II, nearly 45,000 civilians were killed and Hansa Theatre was left in shambles after numerous bombs were set off in Hamburg, Germany.

Hansa Theatre

Kurt Grell, forced to move forward and make a change, annexed the theatre with more seats and implemented a new catering operation in hopes to salvage audiences while also drawing a larger and newer crowd. Specifically, the theatre received an integrated restaurant in which guests could enjoy dishes ranging from cheese plates to various marine specialties.The Hansa Theatre featured a diverse collection of acts including a range of musical guests, acrobats, and even trapeze artists.

Hansa Theatre

The Hansa Theatre is home to many artists including Josephine Baker and Harry Houdini. In fact, the Hansa Theatre is introduced in chapter thirteen of Ragtime when Houdini launches his European tour at the infamous theatre in Hamburg, Germany. E.L. Doctrow does not go into much detail about the setting or the opening night of Houdini’s tour, however, it was said that audiences were enthusiastic. This type of feedback from audiences was not unlikely, as the Hansa Theatre remains one of the most popular attractions in Hamburg today.

Sources:

http://www.hansa-theater.de/

http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/aerialcampaigns/p/gomorrah.htm

Ragtime by E.L. Doctrow

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:28  

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