The Day Grandma broke the Internet

by Marc-Uwe Kling | adapted for the stage by Susanne Koschig and Matthias Thieme
puppet theatre for 6 year olds and older | duration: 50 minutes
Director and stage design: Matthias Thieme
Puppets: Kathrin Sellin
Puppeteer costumes: Mila van Daag
Video drawing and animation: Johanna-Maria Hitzek
Cast: Juliane Solvång, Heinrich Bennke
Premiere: 17 September, 2021, at 7.30 p.m.

What happens in a family when the world-wide-web doesn’t work?

It’s the school holidays. Mum and dad have to work and grandma and grandpa are looking after Tiffany and her older brother and sister. Then it happens! The internet breaks down. All over the world! It was grandma, who broke it. By accident of course! She sat at the computer and went click-click a few times. What now? What do you do when there is no internet? No music and films to stream? No apps and satnav? No contact to the outside world? However there is still grandpa’s old transistor radio and some old records, paper and cardboard. And so the family can enjoy something together even without the internet!

The realization of this production is supported by the Sparkassenstiftung Erfurt.

Tom Thumb

based on the Grimm fairy tale
puppet theatre for 4 year olds and older | duration: 45 minutes
Director: Tomas Mielentz
Complete set design: Nadine Wottke
Cast: Maurice Voß
Premiere: 2 October, 2021, at 3 p.m.

A small boy on a great journey

A man and a woman desperately want a child, even if it is only as small as a thumb. Their wish comes true, after seven months they have a son who is indeed only the size of a thumb, but very clever and wise. He can sit on the brim of a hat and can steer a cart by whispering in the ear of a horse. He lets his poor father sell him for a lot of gold, knowing full well that his ingenuity will enable him to return home. But before that happens, Tom Thumb disappears into a mouse hole, he chases away thieves, ends up in the stomach of a cow and is even gobbled up by a wolf. However, everything turns out all right in the end.

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

based on E.T.A. Hoffmann | with music by Peter Tchaikovsky
puppet theatre for 8 year olds and older | duration: 55 minutes
Director: Christian Georg Fuchs
Stage design and costumes: Mila van Daag
Marionettes: Peter Lutz
Stage decoration and objects: Studio Theater Waidspeicher
Cast: Karoline Vogel, Tomas Mielentz
Premiere: 26 November, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.

The fantastic story of the Nutcracker who defeats the Mouse King

On Christmas Eve, Marie finds a special present under the Christmas tree. A nutcracker that comes to life in the night and protects Marie from the evil seven-headed Mouse King. But no one believes the girl's nocturnal experiences, except for the godfather Drosselmeier, who knows the secret of the Nutcracker and how to redeem him.
Hoffmann's famous, more than 200-year-old fantastic tale about nocturnal adventures, living toys, dramatic fights and a journey into the wondrous realm of dolls is told with ballet music by Peter Tchaikovsky.


Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow

based on the novel by Peter Høeg | German stage adaptation by Andreas Harwath
puppet theatre for 16 year olds and older | duration: 85 minutes
Director: Frank Alexander Engel
Stage design, costumes and puppets: Kerstin Schmidt and Frank Alexander Engel
Music and sound: Sebastian Herzfeld
Premiere 25 February, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.

The story of a headstrong woman in search of the truth

A young boy falls from the roof of an apartment building in Copenhagen. For the authorities it is an accident, but for Smilla Jaspersen, a scientist who was friends with the boy, the tracks in the snow tell a different story. Like him, Smilla comes from Greenland and has a special feeling for snow and ice. In her search for the boy's murderer, Miss Smilla is confronted with questions about her identity and her own role within a world that is foreign to her.
Peter Høeg's bestseller tells the gripping story of a headstrong woman in search of the truth in a world where the economic exploitation of nature has long since followed its own laws without regard for losses.


Performing rights: Drei Masken Verlag GmbH München (
The novel FRÄULEIN SMILLAS GESPÜR FÜR SCHNEE by Peter Hoeg, translated by Monika Wesemann, has been published by Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich.

Novecento – The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean

Coproduction Theater Waidspeicher, Theater Erfurt and Tanztheater Erfurt e.V.

by Alessandro Baricco | translated into German by Karin Krieger | puppet and dance theatre for 10 year olds and older
Director and choreographer: Ester Ambrosino
Stage and costumes: Mila van Daag
Puppets: Kathrin Sellin
Puppeteers: Kathrin Blüchert, Heinrich Bennke, Tomas Mielentz
Dancers: Maria Focaraccio, Tabea Wittulsky, Kenji Shinohe
Live-Musicians: Roberto Secilla, Dominik Lauterbach
Premiere: 28 April, 2022, at 8 p.m., at Theater Erfurt, Studio.BOX

Poetic interaction of puppet theatre, dance and jazz

At the beginning of 1900, a foundling is discovered on an ocean liner. A machinist takes care of the baby boy and gives him the name Nineteen Hundred – Novecento. The boy develops into a virtuoso piano player – the best pianist the ocean has ever known.
Trumpeter Tim Tooney tells the unique story of his friend Novecento in retrospect. He recalls their shared experiences on the ocean liner, a floating city that shuttles back and forth between the shores of Europe and America, hosting the world. The Legend of the Ocean Pianist Novecento is the story of a special friendship; a ship's voyage in the late 1920s, the Golden Age of Jazz.


by Otfried Preußler | adapted for the stage by Susanne Koschig and Matthias Thieme | puppet theatre for 12 year olds and older
Director: Matthias Thieme
Stage and puppets: Martin Gobsch
Ravens: Nadine Wottke
Costumes: Coco Ruch
Music and sound: Andres Böhmer
Cast: Juliane Solvång, Heinrich Bennke, Paul Günther, Tomas Mielentz
Premiere: 17 June, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.

Black magic clashes with the power of love

The orphan Krabat gets a job as a miller’s assistant at the mill in Schwarzkollm. Here the master teaches the miller’s trade to him as well as the other apprentices – and additionally they learn the art of black magic. The price of the magic power and living in the mill is high. The mill is under a curse. Sacrifices must be made. At the end of each year one of the boys must die. Krabat decides to stand in the master’s way. But for that he needs the help of a courageous young girl. To save Krabat and to break the curse of the mill, the girl must be prepared to face a life-and-death ordeal.