A brief history of dinner shows in the spiegeltent

The roots of circus and variety shows, combined with superior cuisine in the unique atmosphere of the mirrored Spiegelpalast, can be traced back to Ueli Hirzel, the Swiss producer, director and founder of “Zirkus Aladin”. Hirzel set out on tour through Switzerland with his circus in 1981 – beginning with a typical circus tent but switching in the late 1980s to a Spiegelpalast, a historical structure adorned with mirrors –  an absolute novelty at the time.

In 1990, Bernhard Paul, Hans-Peter Wodarz and Alfons Schuhbeck meet up in Munich and erect a Spiegelzelt (mirror tent) alongside Paul’s Roncalli big top to present their PANEM ET CIRCENSES dinner show. The following year, they tour the production throughout Germany.

Following the great success of PANEM ET CIRCENSES, Hans Peter Wodarz embarks on a tour with his new POMP DUCK AND CIRCUMSTANCE show in 1993 before audaciously crossing the Atlantic in 1995 to stage the production in New York and Atlanta. He returns to Germany in 1997 for guest performances in Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Munich and Frankfurt, plus four successful years in Berlin before leaving POMP DUCK AND CIRCUMSTANCE in early 2006. Since autumn 2007, Hans-Peter Wodarz has been a new partner of the PALAZZO production company and for the 2010/2011 season is again hosting PALAZZO Berlin, accompanied by master chef Christian Lohse.

At the same time as POMP DUCK AND CIRCUMSTANCE, Clemens Zipse presents the inaugural PALAZZO in Freiburg’s Colombi Park in the year 1998. His chef is Alfred Klink from Hotel Colombi and a close partnership develops over the next three years. In 1999, Clemens Zipse creates a new form of the dinner theatre with one of the world’s best illusionists, Evgeniy Voronin, in which the traditional characters of Maitre, Madame, chef,sommelier and waiter as seen in shows up to that point are cast aside. In the course of the next eight years, founded in conjunction with FKP Scorpio Concert Productions, Zipse succeeds in establishing the PALAZZO Productions company and PALAZZO as a brand which stands for top quality entertainment and exquisite cuisine in the wonderful atmosphere of a historical Spiegelpalast or mirror palaces. Some of the finest and most popular chefs in Europe are responsible for the menu creations, names like Harald Wohlfahrt, Reinhard Gerer, Alexander Herrmann and Ron Blaauw.

In early 2008, FKP Scorpio acquires all of its partner’s shares and thrills audiences in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The following year, in 2009, PALAZZO takes the show to Berlin, Frankfurt, Mannheim, Munich, Stuttgart, Amsterdam and Vienna.

In 2010, 2011 and 2012, PALAZZO was again ready to greet its guests in Stuttgart, Berlin, Mannheim, Nuremberg, Amsterdam and Vienna, extending an invitation into the world of fantasy and delights.

In the 2013/14 season PALAZZO invited back in Berlin, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Nuremberg and Vienna to pleasurable and enjoyable hours under the domes of the mirror palaces.

In the season 2014-15, PALAZZO came back to Hamburg after eight years. PALAZZO set up its spiegeltents in Berlin, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Mannheim and Vienna also.

In 2016-17 PALAZZO came to Graz, Austria for the first time - now the second  PALAZZO city in Austria besides Vienna.

PALAZZO - The chronology

1998

PALAZZO Colombino was originally planned as a cabaret in the awning of Freiburg’s “Christmas-Circus-Festival”. Once Clemens Zipse formed an extraordinary program, the conception was complemented by gastronomic components of Alfred Klink.

1999

PALAZZO Colombino Freiburg
PALAZZO dell Arte & Gusto, Mannheim with Manfred Schwarz

2000

PALAZZO Colombino Freiburg
PALAZZO dell Arte & Gusto Mannheim with Eckhart Witzigmann
PALAZZO Hannover with Eckart Witzigmann

2001

PALAZZO Colombino Basel with Hotel Europe and Peter Moser
PALAZZO Hannover with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Mannheim with Harald Wohlfahrt

2002

PALAZZO Colombino Basel with Hotel Europe and Peter Moser
PALAZZO Hamburg with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Mannheim with Harald Wohlfahrt

2003

PALAZZO Vienna with Reinhard Gerer and Toni Mörwald
PALAZZO Colombino Basel with Hotel Europe and Peter Moser
PALAZZO Hamburg with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Mannheim with Harald Wohlfahrt

2004

PALAZZO Vienna with Reinhard Gerer
PALAZZO Colombino Basel with Hotel Europe and Peter Moser
PALAZZO Würzburg with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Hamburg with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Mannheim with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Stuttgart with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Munich with Alfons Schuhbeck

2005

PALAZZO Amsterdam with Ron Blaauw
PALAZZO Hamburg with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Mannheim with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Stuttgart with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Munich with Alfons Schuhbeck
PALAZZO Nuremberg with Alfons Schuhbeck
PALAZZO Colombino with Hotel Europe and Peter Moser
PALAZZO Zurich with André Jäger
PALAZZO Vienna with Reinhard Gerer

2006

PALAZZO Amsterdam with Ron Blaauw
PALAZZO Mannheim with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Stuttgart with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Nuremberg with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Munich with Alfons Schuhbeck
PALAZZO Colombino Basel with Hotel Europe and Peter Moser
PALAZZO Zurich with André Jäger
PALAZZO Vienna with Reinhard Gerer
PALAZZO Prague with Josef Rychtr

2007

PALAZZO Amsterdam with Ron Blaauw
PALAZZO Mannheim with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Stuttgart with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Nuremberg with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Munich with Alfons Schuhbeck
PALAZZO Colombino Basel with Hotel Europe and Peter Moser
PALAZZO Zurich with André Jäger
PALAZZO Vienna with Reinhard Gerer
PALAZZO Berlin with Hans-Peter Wodarz

2008

PALAZZO Amsterdam with Ron Blaauw
PALAZZO Mannheim with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Stuttgart with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Frankfurt with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Dusseldorf with Peter Nöthel
PALAZZO Colombino Basel with Hotel Europe and Peter Moser
PALAZZO Vienna with Reinhard Gerer
PALAZZO Berlin with Hans-Peter Wodarz
PALAZZO Zurich with André Jaeger
PALAZZO Munich with Harald Wohlfahrt, Reinhard Gerer, Hans-Peter Wodarz and Ron Blaauw

2009

PALAZZO Amsterdam with Herman den Blijker
PALAZZO Mannheim with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Stuttgart with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Frankfurt with Harald Wohlfahrt, Juan Amador, Hans-Peter Wodarz and Michael Kammermeier
PALAZZO Vienna with Reinhard Gerer
PALAZZO Berlin with Hans-Peter Wodarz and Christian Lohse

2010

PALAZZO Amsterdam with Herman den Blijker
PALAZZO Mannheim with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Stuttgart with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Nuremberg with Alexander Herrmann
PALAZZO Vienna with Reinhard Gerer
PALAZZO Berlin with Christian Lohse and Hans-Peter Wodarz

2011

PALAZZO Amsterdam with Robert Kranenborg
PALAZZO Rotterdam with Cees Helder
PALAZZO Mannheim with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Stuttgart with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Nuremberg with Alexander Herrmann
PALAZZO Vienna with Reinhard Gerer
PALAZZO Berlin with Christian Lohse and Hans-Peter Wodarz

2012

PALAZZO Amsterdam with Cees Helder
PALAZZO Mannheim with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Stuttgart with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Nuremberg with Alexander Herrmann
PALAZZO Vienna with Reinhard Gerer
PALAZZO Berlin with Christian Lohse and Hans-Peter Wodarz Munich in cooperation with Alfons Schuhbeck teatro

2013

PALAZZO Mannheim with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Stuttgart with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Nuremberg with Alexander Herrmann
PALAZZO Vienna with Toni Mörwald
PALAZZO Berlin with Kolja Kleeberg & Hans-Peter Wodarz Munich in cooperation with Alfons Schuhbeck teatro

2014

PALAZZO Mannheim with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Stuttgart with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Nuremberg with Alexander Herrmann
PALAZZO Vienna with Toni Mörwald
PALAZZO Berlin with Kolja Kleeberg & Hans-Peter Wodarz
PALAZZO Hamburg with Cornelia Poletto Munich in cooperation with Alfons Schuhbeck teatro

2015

PALAZZO Mannheim with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Stuttgart with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Nuremberg with Alexander Herrmann
PALAZZO Vienna with Toni Mörwald
PALAZZO Berlin with Kolja Kleeberg and Hans-Peter Wodarz
PALAZZO Hamburg with Cornelia Poletto
München in cooperation with Alfons Schuhbeck teatro

2016

PALAZZO Mannheim with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Stuttgart with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Nuremberg with Alexander Herrmann
PALAZZO Vienna with Toni Mörwald
PALAZZO Berlin with Kolja Kleeberg and Hans-Peter Wodarz
PALAZZO Hamburg with Cornelia Poletto
PALAZZO Graz with Eckart Witzigmann
München in cooperation with Alfons Schuhbeck teatro
 

2017

PALAZZO Mannheim with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Stuttgart with Harald Wohlfahrt
PALAZZO Nuremberg with Alexander Herrmann
PALAZZO Vienna with Toni Mörwald
PALAZZO Berlin with Kolja Kleeberg and Hans-Peter Wodarz
PALAZZO Hamburg with Cornelia Poletto
PALAZZO Graz with Eckart Witzigmann
München in cooperation with Alfons Schuhbeck teatro

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