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

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. Booking of time slot tickets as well as negative test, vaccination or convalescence certificates are no longer necessary.

The indoor performance visit

Update: Due to an update of the hygiene framework concept of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, concerts will also take place according to the following rules for performances.

Attendance at performances is only possible under the following conditions:

  • wearing a medical mouth-nose covering (surgical mask) or FFP2 mask on the entire site
  • showing a negative corona test PoC antigen rapid test, which must not be older than 24 hours at the time of admission, or a negative PCR test, which must not be older than 48 hours at the time of admission OR
  • 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)

Information on the Berlin test centres can be found at Unfortunately, we cannot accept self-tests.

Exempt from the test requirement are

  • visitors who can show evidence that they have completed a full course of vaccination (15 days after the second vaccination). Your international vaccination certificate will be checked prior to admission.
  • visitors who can show 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)
  • pupils attending schools within the meaning of the Berlin School Act, including second-chance educational institutions (student ID or BVG card is valid 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, while in the foyer, using the toilets and while visiting the outdoor areas. You are asked to permanently wear a medical mouth-nose covering (surgical mask) or an FFP2 mask also on your seat during the performance. 

The seating plan in chessboard pattern guarantees a distance of 1 metre between the individual seats. 

From 01.11.2021, the Maxim Gorki Theater will again offer all seats in the venues. As this will reduce the distances between the individual seats, visitors will then also have to wear a medical mouth/nose covering (surgical mask) or an FFP2 mask at the seat during performances.

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 15 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.

Unfortunately the cloakroom is closed for now. Please take your coats with you to your seats.

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. The seats in our venues have been drastically reduced and distributed so that the 1.5m distance between members of the audience who don’t belong to the same household is always maintained. 

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: October 1st, 2021