Open letter from Bayerischer Bühnen to Minister President Söder

Dear Prime Minister Söder

we, the directors of Munich's theatres, both state and municipal, the Staatsoper, the Residenztheater, the Gärtnerplatztheater, the Münchner Kammerspiele and the Münchner Volkstheater, as well as the Gasteig, the Theatre Academy and the Lustspielhaus (representing the independent scene), and the directors of the State Theatres in Augsburg and Nuremberg, have proven to have effective hygiene concepts for the ongoing running of the theatre for this very special situation. There is no danger of infection, as the minimum distance of 1.50 m and the exchange of fresh air in the auditorium is guaranteed for all of us. So far, there has been no proven infection caused by a visit to the theatre. Therefore, we insist on being allowed to maintain our theatre operations with 200 or 500 spectators even if the incidence is high, i.e. 100 or more. Anything else would be tantamount to a second lockdown and would threaten the existence of all theatres in Bavaria. We hope for your positive feedback and need special conditions for our special art.

With best regards

Nikolaus Bachler (Bayerische Staatsoper), Andreas Beck (Residenztheater), André Bücker (Staatstheater Augsburg), Prof. Hans-Jürgen Drescher (Theaterakademie August Everding), Jens Daniel Herzog (Staatstheater Nürnberg), Till Hofmann (Lustspielhaus), Josef E. Köpplinger (Gärtnerplatz-Theater), Barbara Mundel (Münchner Kammerspiele), Christian Stückl (Münchner Volkstheater), Max Wagner (Gasteig).