The New York Times sure spends a lot sending its lead critic to London. But never Berlin--which many would say is now the true capital of European theatre.
Take it from the Brits, in fact. The Guardian has thankfully sent their top man, Michael Billington, there to report back to non Deutsch speakers.
One of the secrets to German theatre's success?
It was the dominant design, however, that really hit me. But then everything about the Deutsches Theater is on a grand scale. It has no less than 60 productions in its repertory, spread over three auditoria, has a state subsidy of nearly €20m (£17.2m) and employs a staff of 282 people. In terms of funding, it is comparable to our National Theatre, yet one should remember that, in Germany's widespread theatrical culture, cities such as Hamburg and Cologne boast similarly well-endowed institutions.Okay, not so secret, maybe.
By the way-- that €20m (£17.2m)? That's nearly $28 million US.... And all of Germany is about the size of Texas.
P.S. For a good primer on recent German theatre and directors, see Marvin Carlson's recent book.