“25 years of theater on the citadel sounds like a lot, but it really only really starts at the age of 25.” Say Regina Wagner, Ralf Wagner, Anna Wagner-Fregin and Daniel Wagner. The Wagner family is behind the puppet theater in the citadel , which is now celebrating its anniversary. “You’ve outgrown your infancy, you’ve finally passed defiant puberty, you’re slowly beginning to know what you want and where the path could lead. But we’ve actually known that for a long time.”

The puppeteers of the theater – which is also for adults – learned their craft at the Berlin Academy of Dramatic Arts “Ernst Busch”, department of puppetry. The theater of the citadel has 60 seats for the evening performances – and from June 3rd to 5th there is a birthday program. It starts on Friday, 7 p.m. with the Grand Hotel Grimm, the Berlin Town Musicians V.

The Spandau newsletter has now reported on the anniversary in the cultural fortress in West Berlin in its current issue. “We are puppeteers, a family business, but highly professional. We all went to the Ernst Busch acting school. We, that is: my husband Ralf – he is an outfitter -, my son Daniel and my daughter-in-law Anna. I run the theatre, direct some plays and clean,” she once said in the Spandau newsletter, which I send you once a week – with tips, dates, neighborhood news and people who make a difference in the district.

[Read more from the citadel: The doctors are coming – the 10 most important neighborhood stories about the Spandau concert. And: who stole the Nazi steel helmet from the citadel bridge? And: When will “Hitler Bronze Horses” actually come into the big museum?]

“We’ve been at the citadel since 1996, we were there when nothing was going on. The head of the art department, Gerd Steinmöller, brought us there. We started in a small room and had a workshop without water and heating. We now have a large beautiful theater with 80 seats for children and 60 seats for the evening and yes, also heating and water. On the citadel we have – very modestly – the nicest little theater in Berlin. The other artists in our house make the costumes.” Who goes there like that? Before Corona, that was the status: 120 children’s and adult performances are offered per year, with 6000 visitors.

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And here are some of the topics that you will find in my current Spandau newsletter.

Pentecost, holidays, high school exams: Spandau’s DLRG boss talks about the start of the season and the lack of staff, warns against naive bathing in the cold Havel – and mourns the loss of one of the DLRG’s most deserving lifesavers in Spandau

– 25 million construction site: New sketch of Berlin’s water polo arena, details on the demolition of the day care center, noise protection and the giant newt

– Swimming pool Spandau-Süd: This is how much the sauna renovation costs

– 300 meters of trouble at Glienicker See: Update on the nasty cobblestones in Kladow

– “180,000 euros just gone”: frustration at the ailing forester’s house in Gatow

– Millions for the Kladow sports field – and an emergency repair

– A new skate park for Siemensstadt – only where?

– Long-term debate about the BVG bus lane: New information about bollards on the Heerstraße

– Citizens’ initiative concerned about parents’ taxis – and the new construction of the primary school in Staaken is postponed

– 10 mini stories about Spandau and the doctors for the concert in the citadel

– 25 years of puppet theater in the citadel

– Photo art at Gatow airfield

– Guided tour for the blind in the citadel, cultural tip from the historic cellar

– Western town Haselhorst reopens

-Tiefwerder: Reader photographs water buffalo – and lots of tips for the long day of urban nature

– Lots of neighborhood sports: Run of Spirit in the Johannesstift, great school campaign from TSV 1860 Spandau

The Tagesspiegel newsletter is available for all 12 Berlin districts and already has over 260,000 subscriptions. In it we inform you once a week in a bundled and compact way about what’s going on in your neighbourhood. We also often let readers have their say in the newsletter, after all nobody knows the neighborhood as well as the people who live there.