Renitenztheater in Stuttgart

Not far from the Hegel House is the cleverly-named Renitenztheater, a cabaret theater that was founded in 1961.

To understand the name, you have to know that lots of German towns have something called a Residenztheater, meaning the former official court theater at the Residence of the local duke, prince, margrave, count or whoever happened to be in charge of the area in the bad old days when Germany was split up into hundreds of small feudal jurisdictions.

By making two small changes to the word Residenz you get Renitenz, which means refractoriness, i.e. being stubborn, unmanageable, unruly, resisting control or authority.

Many well-known figures of the German-language cabaret scene have performed in the Renitenztheater, including the Austrian singer-songwriter Georg Kreisler (1922-2011), author of Lola Blau, the Gelsenkirchen song and the hilarious Opera Boogie.

My photo in this post is from 2007. I revised the text in 2020.

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