a few months after the devastating fire, in November 1817, the king ordered the
submission of plans for a new theatre. Privy Chief Building Officer Karl
Friedrich Schinkel and Artistic Director Count Brühl were entrusted with the task.
Schinkel presented a design that exceeded all expectations – he created a veritable
temple of art, with the Greek god Apollo sitting enthroned on the roof.
26 May 1821, the building was ceremoniously opened as the Schauspielhaus,
and Goethe’s "Iphigenia in Tauris" was performed. For this occasion, Goethe
wrote a special prologue, stating: "So
it was right! Just as desired by my might –
yet I fear its splendour;
I yearned for, demanded and ordered,
stands and surpasses my will a hundred times!"