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Theatertreffen, we have lift-off!

German's biggest theatre festival takes flight today. For the next three weeks, in cooperation with Theatertreffen Blog, this spot will be a flurry of drama and drama about drama! Miriam from TT Blog has all the latest.

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Listen up, I hope you’ve bought your tickets, studied up on your Ibsen, and recovered from those four-too-many beers on May Day, because today’s the day! Theatertreffen 2012 is kicking off tonight with a Sarah Kane trilogy from the Münchner Kammerspiele. Just as unmissable is the opening party, where free entry will guarantee you a who’s who of German theatre. Shakespeare fans take note: Hamlet himself will be DJing.

The festival’s home in Charlottenburg, also known as the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, has exchanged drum rolls for the overpowering chatter of fake birdsong ringing out from the chestnut trees, but if you listen closely you can still make out an expectant hum. It’s emanating from the technicians, directors, actors, playwrights, organizers – and not least the official festival bloggers.

As I write we’re perched on the roof of the building preparing to bring you all the news, reviews, and insider info we can muster non-stop for the next three weeks.

For a start, one of the many little birds flying around here tells me there are still tickets to be had for English-surtitled performances of Sarah Kane this Saturday and for Ein Volksfeind on the May 16, so get in there while you can!

Look out for contributions from our guest blogger joining me on the English-speaking team, the Japanese theatre critic Kyoko Iwaki, and, most importantly, you yourselves can contribute with comments here, on the official tt12 blog, and of course on Twitter: #tt12. Break a leg, and see you on the other side!

Read even more on the Theatertreffen Blog’s own site!