Information on and Guidelines for Visiting the Gorki Theatre

In order to curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and minimize the risk of infection, we’ve put strict hygiene measures in place for our events. Please take a moment to read through the following information about visiting the Gorki. Our front-of-house staff is also available to help with any questions at the theatre.

The basis is the hygiene regulations of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

The exhibition visit

The 2G+ rule (with mask obligation) applies: Access to the exhibition is only possible with proof of a completed, complete vaccination (15 days after receiving the second vaccination) OR submission of a PCR test that can prove past COVID-19 disease and that is at least 28 days, max. 6 months old. Wearing a medical mouth-nose covering (surgical mask) or FFP2 mask is compulsory during the entire visit to the exhibition. Your data will be recorded on site to track infection chains. 

The indoor performance visit

Attendance in accordance with the 2G+ rule (with mask obligation) is only possible under the following conditions:

  • wearing a medical mouth-nose covering (surgical mask) or FFP2 mask on the entire site, including at your seat
  • providing proof of full vaccination (15 days after receiving the second vaccination) OR
  • showing a certificate of a prior COVID-19 infection (positive COVID-19 PCR test result that is at least 28 days, but no more than 6 months old)

The 2G obligation does not apply to persons under 18 years of age, they can also be tested negatively. This also applies to persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons; they must be tested negative by means of a test and prove their inoculation capability by means of a medical certificate.
For students under the age of 18, the student ID continues to be valid as proof of testing. For students older than 17 years, the 2G+ rule applies.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept self-tests.

The proof of vaccination and convalescence must be digitally verifiable – for example via the Corona Warn app or the CovPass app of the Robert Koch Institute. Printed QR codes can also be verified digitally. The yellow vaccination certificate is no longer sufficient as proof.

The certificates do not exempt you from the requirement to wear a mask or from the other hygiene and distancing rules.

Face masks
All visitors must wear a medical mouth-nose covering (surgical mask) or FFP2 mask while on the entire premises of the Maxim Gorki Theatre. Please also wear it while entering before and exiting after performances, at your seat during the performance, while in the foyer, using the toilets and while visiting the outdoor areas. 

If you are unable to wear a face covering because of a health problem or disability, please bring the applicable medical certificate with you. We are also required to inform you that this increases the risk of infection for yourself and others.  

The box office also has individually wrapped masks for sale.

Minimum distance and general hygiene regulations
While you are at the theatre, please maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and others. This regulation does not apply to families, couples and people who live in the same household.

Please keep the other hygiene measures in mind as well: coughing and sneezing properly; washing your hands. 

We’ve put dispensers with hand sanitizer at the entrance to the theatre.

Admission and signs at the theatre
To ensure that the admission process runs smoothly, please arrive at the theatre 30 minutes before the event is scheduled to begin.
Please pay attention to the notices and signs directing foot traffic in the theatre.

Box office
The box office is still open. However, we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance in our online shop to avoid queues in the box office foyer. If you do purchase your tickets at the box office, a cashless payment method is preferable. The box office opens one hour before the performance.

For our part
Based on the general hygiene framework set by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, we’ve collaborated with experts to create our own hygiene plan for opening the Gorki to the public. It will be reviewed frequently and adapted to the changing incidence of infection.

We’ve redesigned the process of visiting the Gorki: foot traffic through the building, the process of entering and exiting the theatre, and spacing in the foyer and the main stage have all been adapted to allow visitors to remain 1.5m away from each other, at all times. 

All our spaces are also being cleaned more frequently. Objects that visitors could touch (all armrests, handles, door knobs, faucets etc.) are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before every performance – door knobs and faucets are also cleaned during the performance.

The ventilation systems in all venues work with 100% fresh air and do not recirculate.

Data collection for contact tracing and data protection

The Maxim Gorki Theatre is required to collect personal information from visitors in order to facilitate contact tracing if necessary.
The contact details for all visitors are collected when tickets are purchased in our online shop or at the box office. These details include first and last name, address or email address, and phone number. All data collected as part of this process will be deleted after 30 days. Please carry some form of identification with you when you come to the theatre.

All tickets sold are personalised with the visitor’s name printed on them.
If your plans should change and someone else will use a ticket you purchased, please let us know in advance at
At non-ticketed events, the front-of-house staff will collect the contact details required.

Please note that the rules may change at short notice. If you have any questions about visiting the Gorki, please contact our visitors’ services:

Visitors’ services
Phone number: +49 (0) 30 20221-115
Monday - Saturday: 12:00 - 6:30pm
Sundays and holidays: 4:00 - 6:30pm

Updated: November 29, 2021