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List of notable or famous playwrights from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in Germany and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from Germany is included when available.

List is made up of people like Hans Henny Jahnn and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

This historic playwrights from Germany list can help answer the questions "Who are some German playwrights of note?" and "Who are the most famous playwrights from Germany?" These prominent playwrights of Germany may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected German playwrights.

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Alois Senefelder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Dec. at 63 (1771-1834)
Johann Alois Senefelder was a German actor and playwright who invented the printing technique of lithography in 1796.
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August Stramm is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Dec. at 41 (1874-1915)
August Stramm was a German poet and playwright who is considered one of the first of the expressionists. He also served in the German Army and was killed in action during World War I. He worked ...more
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Bertolt Brecht is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Dec. at 58 (1898-1956)
Bertolt Brecht was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director. A theatre practitioner of the 20th century, Brecht made contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production, the latter ...more
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Carl Sternheim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Carl Sternheim Dec. at 64 (1878-1942)
Carl Sternheim was a German playwright and short story writer. One of the major exponents of German Expressionism, he especially satirized the moral sensibilities of the emerging German middle ...more
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Carl Zuckmayer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Dec. at 81 (1896-1977)
Carl Zuckmayer was a German writer and playwright.
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Christian Dietrich Grabbe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Christian Dietrich Grabbe Dec. at 35 (1801-1836)
Christian Dietrich Grabbe was a German dramatist of the Vormärz era. He wrote many historical plays conceiving a disillusioned and pessimistic world view, with some shrill scenes. Heinrich ...more
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Christian Friedrich Hebbel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Dec. at 50 (1813-1863)
Christian Friedrich Hebbel, was a German poet and dramatist.
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Erich Mühsam is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Dec. at 56 (1878-1934)
Erich Mühsam was a German-Jewish antimilitarist anarchist essayist, poet and playwright. He emerged at the end of World War I as one of the leading agitators for a federated Bavarian Soviet ...more
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Ernst Hardt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Ernst Hardt Dec. at 71 (1876-1947)
Friedrich Wilhelm Ernst Hardt, born Ernst Stöckhardt, was a German playwright, poet, and novelist. Hardt was born in Graudenz, West Prussia. He is the author of Priester des Todes, Bunt ist ...more
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Ernst Ottwalt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Ernst Ottwalt Dec. at 42 (1901-1943)
Ernst Ottwalt was the pen name of German writer and playwright Ernst Gottwalt Nicolas. A communist, he fled Nazi Germany in 1934 and went into exile in the Soviet Union, where he fell victim to ...more
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Ernst Toller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Dec. at 46 (1893-1939)
Ernst Toller was a German left-wing playwright, best known for his Expressionist plays. He served in 1919 for six days as President of the short-lived Bavarian Soviet Republic, and was ...more
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Frank Wedekind is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Dec. at 54 (1864-1918)
Benjamin Franklin Wedekind, usually known as Frank Wedekind, was a German playwright. His work, which often criticizes bourgeois attitudes, is considered to anticipate expressionism, and he was ...more
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Franz Xaver Kroetz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Franz Xaver Kroetz age 73
Franz Xaver Kroetz is a German author, playwright, actor and film director. His plays have been translated and performed internationally.
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Friedel von Wangenheim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Dec. at 62 (1939-2001)
Friedel von Wangenheim was a screenwriter, songwriter, actor and playwright.
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Fritz Oswald Bilse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Fritz Oswald Bilse Dec. at 73 (1878-1951)
Fritz Oswald Bilse was a German novelist, playwright and a lieutenant in the Prussian Army. He also used the pseudonyms Fritz von der Kyrburg and Fritz Wernthal.
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Georg Kaiser is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Dec. at 67 (1878-1945)
Friedrich Carl Georg Kaiser, called Georg Kaiser, was a German dramatist.
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George Furth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Dec. at 76 (1932-2008)
George Furth was an American librettist, playwright, and actor.
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Gerhart Hauptmann is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Dec. at 84 (1862-1946)
Gerhart Hauptmann was a German dramatist and novelist. He is counted among the most important promoters of literary naturalism, though he integrated other styles into his work as well. He ...more
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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Dec. at 52 (1729-1781)
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was a German writer, philosopher, dramatist, publicist and art critic, and one of the most outstanding representatives of the Enlightenment era. His plays and ...more
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Gustav Freytag is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Dec. at 79 (1816-1895)
Gustav Freytag was a German novelist and playwright.
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Hans Henny Jahnn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Dec. at 65 (1894-1959)
Hans Henny Jahnn was a German playwright, novelist, and organ-builder. As a playwright, he wrote: Pastor Ephraim Magnus, which The Cambridge Guide to Theatre describes as a nihilistic, ...more
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Hans Rehberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Hans Rehberg Dec. at 62 (1901-1963)
Hans Rehberg was a writer and playwright.
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Hans Sachs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Dec. at 82 (1494-1576)
Hans Sachs was a German meistersinger, poet, playwright, and shoemaker.
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Heiner Müller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Dec. at 66 (1929-1995)
Heiner Müller was a German dramatist, poet, writer, essayist and theatre director. Described as "the theatre's greatest living poet" since Samuel Beckett, Müller is arguably ...more
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Heinrich Beck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Playwrights from Germany
Heinrich Beck Dec. at 43 (1760-1803)
Heinrich Christian Beck was a German actor and playwright. Beck began his theatrical career with August Iffland and Johann David Beil at the Hoftheater in Gotha and, like most of the ensemble, ...more