International May Theatre Festival
Wiesbaden welcomes the world to the International May Theatre Festival! Artists from across the world streamed in and out of Wiesbaden in May 2020 to be part of the festival hold under the artistic direction of Uwe Eric Laufenberg at the Hessian State Theatre in Wiesbaden. The International May Theatre Festival has been the cultural highlight of the city's theatre calendar every year since 1896.
Founded on the initiative of Emperor Wilhelm II as the "Kaiserspiele" (Emperor’s Festival), the May Theatre Festival is Germany's oldest festival after the one in Bayreuth. The various fields of the performing arts will be represented at the festival: baroque and modern, opera and concert, dance and drama, guest performances or gala evenings – under this year's motto, "The Silence in Between", the Hessian State Theatre in Wiesbaden will present a varied programme for young and old from 1st to 31st May.
The 2019 International May Theatre Festival kicked off with a "Mozart double feature" under the musical direction of Konrad Junghänel and directed by Uwe Eric Laufenberg: to celebrate the opening of this long-established festival, two of Mozart’s great operas, "Idomeneo" and "La Clemenza di Tito", were put in relation to each other.