Most foreign visitors to Germany’s capital city limit their activities to sightseeing, eating, drinking and partying. Visiting theatre shows has always been difficult as German-language productions dominate. In recent years there has been something of a shift, and increasingly stage productions are suitable for casual visitors as well. In Berlin In Your Pocket we highlight the various mime and acrobatic dinner shows and the English Theatre, and we hope to review more performances here in future.
If you’re visiting Berlin this winter season, a great show to visit is Gayle Tufts’ Let it Show! at the Tipi dinner theatre in the central Tiergarten park. Gayle is an American Berliner, and an entertainer who presents a cockle-warming winter show with new versions of songs by artists like Madonna, Prince, Paul Simon, The Beatles, as well as her own work. The songs are interspersed by banter in her trademark ‘denglish’ language, which foreigners would have difficulty understanding, but the music makes up for that. This is no Christmas show although Wham does slip in at the end; Gayle uses her two hours on stage for a passionate plea to embrace the dark cold days of winter, and make the most of it. On our visit this week, the crowd loved the show and the artist, her backing vocalists and rocking band all visibly enjoyed performing.
Gayle Tufts performs Let it Show until 25 December, and from 2-15 January. For tickets and information see www.tipi-am-kanzleramt.de.