For the World – Lessingtage 2020
January 18 to February 9, 2020

The motto of this year’s Lessing Festival is:

“Who owns the world?”


One possible answer could be “Not us, that’s for sure!” Then why do we pretend it does? The Biblical phrase “Subdue the earth” has often been taken to destructive extremes that continue to affect the world to the present day: the northern hemisphere’s colonialism of the south, and the ruthless waste of natural resources to the point of self­annihilation.

These are the two main focal points of the festival in 2020. As always, we provide multi­faceted national and international productions, aside shows from some of our repertory that deal with those themes. Additionally, we expect stimulating insights from the field of natural sciences that throw a spotlight on overarching global themes.

We warmly invite you to discover new, unknown and surprising insights during our three­week festival. It’s about looking ahead: 23 Days for Future,
as it were, not only on Fridays

On Tour

Playlist Lessingtage

The overall playlist opens after a click on the play button of the first video and the list icon in the top right corner of the player.

Lessingtage 2020 are funded by

Tropic I

A Visual Dialog Between Places Affected by Climate Change
An Exhibition by Ausstellung von Barbara Dombrowski

Trümmer, die d
ie Welt bedeuten

Ein gefährliches Theaterexperiment in Mossul
An Exhibition by Armin Smailovic


For the first time during the festival there will be introductions for the audience before select performances. --> Introductions

To round out your experience at the festival you will find a dossier of additional background information for each production on our website. ---> BONUS



Thalia Theater
Alstertor, 20095 Hamburg
U/S Jungfernstieg, U Mönckebergstraße


Thalia Gaußstraße
Gaußstraße 190, 22765 Hamburg
S Altona, Bus 2 to Busstop Gaußstraße, 200m on foot
The location opens 1 hour before the show begins.


T: +49 40.32 81 44 44
Tickets available from 1.11.2019



Box office
Mo bis Sa 10–19 Uhr,
So- & Feiertage 16–18 Uhr


Tickets on the night of the show
available in situ 1 hour before the show begins


will be cancelled 30 min before the show begins. Please pick up reserved tickets before that time.


Pick 4 Shows and get 30% off.

Plus a tote bag designed by Stefan Marx.


Available at the Box Office.

Telephone: +49 40. 32 81 44 44

n Marx

Once again we asked the artist Stefan Marx to interfere with the themes of the festival by drawing all over.
Access his website here.

Coming up: The 2021 Programme