Berliner Kriminal Theater

It wasn’t the gardener!

  • © Herbert Schulze

Electrifying suspense and exciting entertainment: at the Berliner Kriminal Theater goosebumps are guaranteed! In the proven who-dunnit-style, the theatre in Umspannwerk Ost offers great crime entertainment in the style of well-known TV thrillers and the best psycho thrillers - and they're live on stage.


Agatha Christie has been the best in suspense entertainment for more than 80 years - and across generations. The films of her detective stories are thrilling and a treat for amateur detectives. It's a given that her heroine Miss Marple can't be missing from the Berliner Kriminal Theater stage and three of the stories by the successful crime writer are part of the repertoire of the theatre.

These also include pieces by Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Swedish Wallander author Henning Mankell, Joseph Kesselring's classic "Arsenic and Old Lace" and many other pearls of thriller literature.


In all seriousness, the thriller genre also thoroughly breaks into the comedy genre. In the music revue "The murderer is always the gardener", dark figures stand over gardening killers and homicidal gardeners with black humour at the centre. The combination of suspense and parody ensures great entertainment. The rapid crime comedy "Out of control" by Ray Cooney proves that British humour also works very well in German and with the audience.


The stage adaptation of the current best-selling authors Sebastian Fitzek with "Therapy" and "The Spirit Breaker" and Jussi Adler-Olsen with "Mercy" are highlights for our audience.

You will find the Berliner Kriminal Theater in Umspannwerk Ost, a 100-year-old former substation for Berlin's electricity company in Friedrichshain, just 3 subway stops from Alexanderplatz. As a reminder of Berlin's industrial past, the historic building not only hosts the Berliner Kriminal Theater, but also a restaurant and a theatre club in its former machine halls.

An all-around pleasant evening awaits you - come and see!

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