The Staatstheater Darmstadt is a multi-genre theatre with music and dance theatre, drama and concerts. More than 500 employees work here in front of and behind the scenes to bring numerous productions – from plays and concerts to ballet and dance theatre to musicals, operas and operettas – to the various stages in the theatre and in the city every season. In addition, guided tours, introductions, discussion formats and workshops invite exchange and contact. The State of Hesse and the City of Darmstadt have been the sponsors of the State Theatre since 1972. Its new building, designed by the architect Rolf Prange, was one of the defining theatre buildings of the 1970s when it opened.