Information on Seat Selection

Best Available Seat Booking
In best available seat booking, you choose a category of seats and select the number of tickets you would like. An automatic allocation of seats will take place within the selected category; you receive the best available seats. Numbered seats are generally located next to each other. If your computer is having problems with Java, then the best available seat booking will automatically take place.
Seating Chart Booking
In seating chart booking, you personally select your exact seats from agraphic seating chart. Begin the seating chart booking and choose an area. There you can select the seats by clicking on them. Seating chart booking is not offered for some events.
General Seating
means that, with your ticket, you can freely select your seat according to the conditions on-site. Normally this involves seats, however in some cases standing room will also be available.
Seat or Standing Room, Depending on Availability
In this price category, seats are predominantly offered (but not guaranteed). In some circumstances, standing room tickets at the same price are also sent. An exact request regarding standing room or a seat unfortunately cannot be fulfilled in this context. A later exchange of the tickets delivered is not possible.
Obstructed Views/Supertitles
Due to building conditions or the demands of individual productions, obstructed views (including of the supertitles that are used in numerous performances) are possible from certain seats. Please inquire about potential impairments at
(+49) (0)711. 20 20 90 (Mon – Fri 10 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm).
No Longer Available for Delivery
means that the event is taking place soon and that shipment of the tickets is no longer possible. Please select “Pick up tickets” as an alternative.
Only 1 Ticket Can be Selected / Individual Seat
Only individual seats (no groups of adjoining seats) can still be booked in the corresponding category using the best available seat booking. Individual seats are scattered vacancies. Even if a greater number are available, these seats are not adjoining. Adjoining seats might still be available using the seating chart booking.
Any more questions?
Call our Ticket Service:
(+49) (0) 711. 20 20 90, Mon – Fri 10 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm

Information on Online Sales

Please examine our General Terms and Conditions as well as the following information on ticket pre-sales.
Ticket Pre-sales
Ticket pre-sales for performances at all venues generally begin on the same date two months before the day of the performance. If the first pre-sale date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then pre-sales will begin on that Friday. If it falls on a holiday, then sales will begin the day before. Some events cannot be purchased through online sales. For such cases, please contact our telephone ticket service ((+49) (0) 711. 20 20 90, Mon – Fri 10 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm). Performances outside of the previously mentioned pre-sale periods can be ordered using the online ordering form. Please examine our general information on ticket pre-sales.
Seat Selection
In the course of your booking, information relating to seat selection will be displayed.
Ticket Prices
Ticket prices for online sales include a service fee of 1.00 € per ticket.
Discounts (other than the Schauspielcard)
Please use the alternative sales channels for discounts, as they are not available or applicable for online sales.
Gift Vouchers
Gift certificates can be used as a form of payment for one or more performances at the Staatstheater Stuttgart. You can even use them to pay for subscriptions and merchandising products. Gift vouchers can be transferred to third parties and can be redeemed without any time limit until cancelled. If the order total is greater than the value of the gift voucher, the difference can be paid out. Remaining balances will be repaid in the form of a gift voucher. Redeeming gift vouchers for online sales is currently not possible. Please use our alternative sales channels for this purpose.
Delivery / Pick Up with Confirmation of Purchase
Tickets or gift vouchers can be sent out for a shipping fee of 1.50 €, if the time of the order allows for it. The Staatstheater Stuttgart cannot accept any responsibility for the shipment.
Confirmation of purchase will automatically be sent by email to the address you provided, as soon as purchase of your order has been initiated.
By presenting printed confirmation of purchase, tickets can be picked up at the theatre box office or at the appropriate performance box office; gift vouchers only at the theatre box office (Mon – Fri 10 am – 7 pm, Sat 10 am – 2 pm).
Only printed tickets are valid as passes for means of transport with the VVS. Printed confirmations of purchase will not be accepted as valid ride passes for the VVS.
You can purchase any of our print@home ticket(s) (with the start of season 14/15) at any time and print them out yourself. This booking service is available to you until 1 hour before a performance starts at no additional cost and is specified during the booking via choice of shipping option. After completing the purchasing transaction, the desired ticket will be displayed as a PDF file and can be printed immediately. You will receive a confirmation of purchase at the email address you have provided, with the ticket file as an attachement. The personalization of each ticket with a name and date of birth prevents improper duplication for the protection of the purchaser. Each ticket entitles the holder to one unique admission in conjunction with a valid ID. If there are any questions, please contact our telephone sales office ((+49) (0) 711. 20 20 90). Operating hours telephone sales office: Mon - Fri 10 am - 08 pm; Sat 10 am - 06 pm.

print@home ticket = transit ticket
Your print@home ticket is valid as a transit ticket for public transportation in the VVS system at no additional cost and will automatically beeig print with your print@home ticket. Please pay attention to the required personalisation during the booking transaction.
Late Seating
may not be possible for certain performances. Our telephone ticket service (0711. 20 20 90, Mon – Fri 10 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm) will be happy to provide you with more information!
Tickets can be paid with credit card (American Express, MasterCard, VISA) or SEPA direct debit (Not for new customers, these should call our ticket-service first (+49) (0)711. 20 20 90).
Return / Exchange
We ask that you carefully check your information before authorising purchase of your order, as tickets and gift vouchers cannot be returned or exchanged.
Technical Requirements
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Phone: (+49) (0) 711. 20 20 90
Mon – Fri 10 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm 



Stuttgarter Ballett, Photo: E.Madsen, A.Beale, J.Cranko, R.Cragun, A.Wooliams, M.Haydée, c: Hannes Kilian
In 1961, John Cranko was appointed ballet director and Choreographer of the ballet in Stuttgart, having previously worked with the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet in London. In the ensuing twelve years Cranko was not only responsible for the most successful chapter of Stuttgart's ballet history, but also joined the ranks of eminent 20th century choreographers.
A comprehensive repertoire and ensemble policy focused on developing his dancer's talents and diversifying the repertoire as well as the use of his exceptional choreographic talent were the key factors which lead the Stuttgart Ballet to worldwide acclaim under his aegis.

At the outset of his leadership, the then 34-year-old choreographer surrounded himself with exceptional personalities such as Egon Madsen, Richard Cragun, Birgit Keil, Ray Barra and Brazilian dancer Marcia Haydée. Soon, the latter was to become his muse and prima ballerina.


On December 2nd, 1962 he presented a new version of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, which was received by audiences and critics with repturous applause and which today is still regarded as unsurpassed in ballet. This production of Romeo and Juliet was the first of the three magnificent full-length narrative ballets Cranko created for the Stuttgart Ballet.
A fluid and easily understandable plot-line, masterful dramaturgy, clearly drawn, vivid characters and astounding choreographic diversity are the main features of Cranko's style. His creed of dance as "representation of life itself" is manifest not least in his mastery of the Pas de deux.

For his next narrative ballet, Cranko chose a literary source not yet exploited in ballet at the time: Alexander Pushkin's verse novel Onegin. The second version, premiered in 1967, became a key work of the 20th century. In 1969, when Cranko took the Stuttgart Ballet on its first tour to New York, Onegin began its triumphant conquest of the international stage, a success story which continues to the present day. Shortly before, Cranko had completed a third masterpiece, again based on William Shakespeare: the ballet comedy The Taming of the Shrew. The New York tour turned into an overwhelming triumph, crowned by esteemed dance critic Clive Barnes with the term "The Stuttgart Ballet Miracle". The then little known company became THE STUTTGART BALLET – an ensemble firmly positioned in the world's premiere league of ballet companies. Countless invitations to the world's great theatres ensued. In Stuttgart, Cranko also conceived master pieces such as Jeu de cartes, Opus 1 and Initials R.B.M.E.

Guest choreographers such as Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Sir Peter Wright were responsible for the further refinement of the Stuttgart aesthetic, as well as those dancers whom Cranko encouraged to choreograph themselves, first and foremost John Neumeier and Jiří Kylián.


The Noverre Society, an association of ballet lovers in Stuttgart, supported Cranko substantially and within a few years their collaboration helped turn the Stuttgart public into a highly informed and passionate audience, to an extent rarely seen elsewhere. Fritz Höver founded the Society in 1958 and ceded the leadership to Rainer Woihsyk in 2004. Besides presenting their "Young Choreographers" programme annually, the Society also organises talks and excursions around the world.

In 1971 Cranko opened the Stuttgart Ballet School (renamed John Cranko Schule in 1974), laying the foundation for one of the most renowned institutions for dance training in the world.