Theater and Performances
Munich has many theaters and music venues showing different plays and performances:
Residenztheater— It houses the Bavarian State Theatre (Bavarian Staatsschauspiel), one of the most important German language theaters. Typically a variety of classical and modern plays are performed here.
Nationaltheater — Shows ballet and opera performances almost every night. The Bavarian National Opera Company is said by critics to be one of the best in the world. Several operas of Richard Wagner premiered in this venue, e.g. Tristan und Isolde (1865), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1868), Das Rheingold (1869) and Die Walküre (1870).
Herkulessaal in der Residenz— primary concert venue of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, which was named the 6th best orchestra in Europe in a survey for Le Monde de la Musique and the 6th best orchestra in the world by The Gramophone magazine in 2008.
Philharmonie im Gasteig— Home venue of the Munich Philharmonics, another highly reputed symphony orchestra.
Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz— Smaller than the National Theater, this is a very good alternative for interesting productions of operas, operettas and musicals. Tickets are generally still available on short notice, even when the big opera houses have been sold out for weeks.
Deutsches Theater— Musicals and theme shows are performed here (like MAMA MIA!, etc).
Kammerspiele— It often surprises viewers with very modern (and sometimes shocking) interpretations of famous plays.
Volkstheater— The plays performed here are somewhere between Bavarian Folklore and modern theater.
If you want to see a movie, keep in mind that foreign movies are normally dubbed with German voices. Advertisements will generally indicate if the movie will be shown in its original version (i.e., no overdubbing) with the abbreviations OV (Original version), OmU (Original with German subtitles), and OmeU (original with English subtitles). In the movie theater right next to the underground station Stiglmaierplatz, "Cinema", movies are usually shown in the original language. Other options are the "Museums Lichtspiele" or the big Multiplex cinema "Mathäser" at Stachus, which usually show 1-2 movies in the original version.