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Tigerpalast Variete Theater
Ranked #51 of 435 things to do in Frankfurt
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Owner description: Curtain up in the Tigerpalast. Here twice a night the leading lights of international variety captivate a house of 190 guests with their proximity and charisma. Thrilling moments and the best of entertainment in tangible exchange with a spellbound audience – it’s a far remove from the stress of city life.Factor in the atmospheric live orchestral accompaniment and dynamic cuisine of a high professional standard and the evening becomes an experience unforgettable in its entirety - in the heart of Frankfurt.
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

The dinner was delicious and the show was very exciting. Though every thing what we saw in the show was not new, I mean not the first time, however, it was something very special to see and experience so close in live! We will definitively comeback again

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Reviewed 11 September 2016

For several years now I've been going to Tigerpalast about once a year (which means I don't get to see all shows, since the performers change twice a year). It's enjoyable every time. The programme is very diverse, in the best sense of the word "variety": They do a very good job at putting together diverse acts such as acrobatics of all sorts, juggling, stage magic, clowns, etc., both within a show and over time to make each programme different from the ones of the years before. That ensures that there's pretty much something for everybody, no matter what your taste is. The masters of ceremonies speak mostly German (even though I've seen MCs speak English as well, and at least a little bit of information about each act is always given in English), but don't let that deter you - even if you don't understand a word of German you'll have a good time. The place is not big either, so you'll be pretty much close up to the artists.

What makes me give four rather than five stars are two things: Firstly, the prices. The tickets themselves are worth it (about 70 euros each at the regular price, though promotional offers with discounts are occasionally available), but they're still not cheap, and the drinks that you can buy there are very expensive (I can't speak for the restaurant, which I've never tried). And secondly, their policy of seating guests is very mysterious. You have no control over where you sit, neither when you book nor right before the show itself; an usher will assign you a table based on criteria that are not clear (I guess the best seats go to those who buy the dinner-plus-show packages). That entails a risk of sitting in a rather crowded corner where you'll be crammed in with other guests; the views are generally good from all seats, however.

Bottom line: Be prepared to fork over some money, and you'll have a good night out. It's nice to see that the classic art of variety theatres is still kept alive here. By the way, it's ideal for guys who need to take a date out.

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Reviewed 14 December 2014

This is not a cheap night out but a very enjoyable one. We were taken by friends & it was a very entertaining night.
The food was fantastic.
The staff were all very good & very friendly.

2  Thank TheSmithsUk
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Reviewed 25 November 2014

Brilliant spectacular entertainment, A Variety of acts that amaze and entertain from the first minute. We could not decide which we liked best; trapeze for the energy and skill, or the clown or the strong duo. All were outstanding. Would love to return as I hear they change the acts frequently

Thank Nulux
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Reviewed 20 November 2014

Tigerpalast has been in Frankfurt for decades. It is unusually expensive (about €75, depending on whether you go on a weekend or weekday) per person, and anything you order to eat or drink is unusually expensive for the area. An example is a 0.75 liter carafe of wine is over €40 (for one of the cheapies). Main Courses are over €50 as well. OK, well, I didn't go there to eat anyway, but, since you have to get there early to get the best seats, well, include your "nibbles" along with the price.

The Bathrooms are immaculate, scented, real towels and beautiful. On the other hand, the theater itself is old, with old chairs and tables, and looks a bit ragged inside. I have seen diners in New Jersey which are much better appointed. Wherever you sit, you won't have much room. They pack the tables - our table was about 18 inches (45cm) across, and they put four chairs at it. You would not expect this sort of old decor at this price level.

And now, the show...

Although billed as "breath-taking" performances, the show would not remind anyone of "Cirque du Soleil". It would remind you of old Vaudeville. Most of the acts were from other countries. There were a few different jugglers. One was a Czech, very good, although not much different from what you might see on the street where you throw a few coins in the hat. The second, a pretty Italian who hung upside-down and juggled with her feet. She was very good.

There was a professional pick pocket too. He was good, called people onto the stage and stole there watches and wallets. A clown/comic, also good, a couple of Russian (?) ballet dancers with a small routine, a baton twirler from New York City (Not bad, but, a baton twirler? Really? At this price? I don't know how she ever got this job). A trapeze act, from the USA, was probably the top-paid act. It is a small club, and the trapeze hangs from the ceiling. They were a bit older, and probably their circus days are finished. Maybe it isn't there fault - how much of a trapeze act can you do in so small a space?

Probably the most unique part of the show was the MC. At first, I didn't think too much of him. He came out and juggled his hat. Later, he had all kinds of cute, anecdotal stories which are fun - but only if you are really, really good in German. One bit he does is speaking as if the alphabet didn't have 26 letters. He continues the story dropping another letter from his dialogue each paragraph. If you aren't a German-speaker you won't understand the jokes, however.

All-in-all, I enjoyed my night there - but it is way, way overpriced for what it is. I may have been one of the few people (on a Sunday Matinee) there under the age of 60. On their website they sometimes have specials. These are normally less-popular times to go, like matinees and away from the holidays. If you find a special price it might be worth a visit.

3  Thank Fluglotse1
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