Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München
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150 years of Schichtl at the Oktoberfest

The legendary variety theatre Schichtl celebrates its birthday

"Auf geht’s beim Schichtl!" This slogan is just as legendary at the Oktoberfest as the associated variety theatre, which premiered exactly 150 years ago at the Oktoberfest. A reason for the director and Munich original Manfred Schauer to celebrate! And his ten-person cabinet even performed the brand new show on the occasion of the anniversary...

Der Schichtl - an Institution since 1869

You have to imagine, in these fast-paced times: Since 1869 the Schichtl already exists at the Oktoberfest (since 1872 it is decapitated). "Auf geht's beim Schichtl" has become a catchword far beyond the borders of the Wiesn. The Schichtl has become a symbol for subtle to morbid wit, for timeless entertainment in itself. And that's why the Schichtl is closely interwoven with the DNA of the Oktoberfest - and his birthday something very special.

The Schichtl-Show Drölf Punkt Null The Schichtl-Show "Drölf Punkt Null" • Photo: Leonie Liebich

The new show 2019: "Drölf Punkt Null"

Since 1869, the legendary Oktoberfest-variety Schichtl has offered magic, puppetry, curiosities of all kinds and still celebrates today as a highlight "the beheading of a living person on an open, brightly illuminated stage by means of a guillotine". For the birthday celebration the ensemble showed the complete new show "Drölf Punkt Null" including Queen-Medley and beheading by the cult "executioner" Ringo Praetorius. During the Oktoberfest the funny and scary custom is performed about 25 times a day.

Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter • Photo: Leonie Liebich

Praise from the Lord Mayor himself

Manfred Schauer and Liesl Weapon Manfred Schauer and Liesl Weapon • Photo: Leonie Liebich

Many celebrities came to congratulate

Manfred Schauer, moderated by cabaret artist Liesl Weapon, was visibly moved by the many guests and said enthusiastically: "I've been doing this for 34 years, in 2083 you're welcome to find me a successor". Since 2006 Schauer also runs the "Wirtshaus im Schichtl", which is why Weapon praised him as a "brilliant hybrid". Congratulators also included Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer, many Oktoberfest tent landlords and celebrities from the Munich acting and cabaret scene such as Luise Kinseher, Michaela May and Jutta Speidel. As Edmund Radlinger, President of the Munich Showmen's Association, summarised: "I love the Schichtl-Theater - I hope you do, too!"