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Famous Playwrights from Germany

Updated June 14, 2019 11.1k views55 items

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.

Use this list of renowned German playwrights to discover some new playwrights that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
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  • Alois Senefelder1

    Alois Senefelder

    Dec. at 63 (1771-1834)

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    Johann Alois Senefelder (6 November 1771 – 26 February 1834) was a German actor and playwright...  more
  • August Stramm2

    August Stramm

    Dec. at 41 (1874-1915)

    BirthplaceMünster, Germany

    August Stramm (29 July 1874 – 1 September 1915) was a German poet and playwright who is...  more
  • Bertolt Brecht3

    Bertolt Brecht

    Dec. at 58 (1898-1956)

    BirthplaceSwabia, Eurasia, Bavaria, Augsburg, Germany

    Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht (, German: [ˈbɛɐ̯tɔlt ˈbʁɛçt] (listen); 10 February 1898 – 14...  more

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  • Carl Sternheim4

    Carl Sternheim

    Dec. at 64 (1878-1942)

    BirthplaceLeipzig, Germany

    Carl Sternheim (born William Adolph Carl Francke; 1 April 1878 – 3 November 1942) was a German...  more
  • Carl Zuckmayer5

    Carl Zuckmayer

    Dec. at 81 (1896-1977)

    BirthplaceNackenheim, Germany

    Carl Zuckmayer (27 December 1896 – 18 January 1977) was a German writer and playwright. His...  more
  • Christian Dietrich Grabbe6

    Christian Dietrich Grabbe

    Dec. at 35 (1801-1836)

    BirthplaceDetmold, Germany

    Christian Dietrich Grabbe (11 December 1801 – 12 September 1836) was a German dramatist of the...  more
  • Christian Friedrich Hebbel7

    Christian Friedrich Hebbel

    Dec. at 50 (1813-1863)

    BirthplaceWesselburen, Germany

    Christian Friedrich Hebbel (18 March 1813 – 13 December 1863), was a German poet and dramatist....  more
  • Erich Mühsam8

    Erich Mühsam

    Dec. at 56 (1878-1934)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Erich Mühsam (6 April 1878 – 10 July 1934) was a German-Jewish antimilitarist anarchist...  more
  • Ernst Hardt9

    Ernst Hardt

    Dec. at 71 (1876-1947)

    BirthplaceGrudziądz, Poland

    Friedrich Wilhelm Ernst Hardt (9 May 1876 – 3 January 1947), born Ernst Stöckhardt, was a...  more
  • 10

    Ernst Ottwalt

    Dec. at 42 (1901-1943)

    BirthplaceSypniewo, Złotów County, Poland

    Ernst Ottwalt was the pen name of German writer and playwright Ernst Gottwalt Nicolas. A...  more
  • Ernst Toller11

    Ernst Toller

    Dec. at 46 (1893-1939)

    BirthplaceSzamocin, Poland

    Ernst Toller (1 December 1893 – 22 May 1939) was a German left-wing playwright, best known for...  more
  • Frank Wedekind12

    Frank Wedekind

    Dec. at 54 (1864-1918)

    BirthplaceHanover, Germany

    Benjamin Franklin Wedekind (July 24, 1864 – March 9, 1918), usually known as Frank Wedekind,...  more
  • Franz Xaver Kroetz13

    Franz Xaver Kroetz

    Age: 74

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    Franz Xaver Kroetz (born 25 February 1946 in Munich) is a German author, playwright, actor and...  more
  • 14

    Friedel von Wangenheim

    Dec. at 62 (1939-2001)

    BirthplaceRussia, Moscow

    Friedel von Wangenheim was a screenwriter, songwriter, actor and playwright....  more
  • Fritz Oswald Bilse15

    Fritz Oswald Bilse

    Dec. at 73 (1878-1951)

    BirthplaceKirn, Germany

    Fritz Oswald Bilse (31 March 1878 in Kirn, Rhine Province – 1951) was a German novelist,...  more
  • Georg Kaiser16

    Georg Kaiser

    Dec. at 67 (1878-1945)

    BirthplaceMagdeburg, Germany

    Friedrich Carl Georg Kaiser, called Georg Kaiser, (25 November 1878 – 4 June 1945) was a ...  more
  • George Furth17

    George Furth

    Dec. at 76 (1932-2008)

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    George Furth (December 14, 1932 – August 11, 2008) was an American librettist, playwright, and...  more
  • Gerhart Hauptmann18

    Gerhart Hauptmann

    Dec. at 84 (1862-1946)

    BirthplaceEurope, Poland, Szczawno-Zdrój, Central Europe, Wałbrzych County

    Gerhart Johann Robert Hauptmann (15 November 1862 – 6 June 1946) was a German dramatist and...  more
  • Gotthold Ephraim Lessing19

    Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

    Dec. at 52 (1729-1781)

    BirthplaceKamenz, Germany

    Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (; German: [ˈlɛsɪŋ]; 22 January 1729 – 15 February 1781) was a German...  more
  • Gustav Freytag20

    Gustav Freytag

    Dec. at 79 (1816-1895)

    BirthplaceKluczbork, Poland

    Gustav Freytag (German: [ˈfʁaɪˌtaːk]; 13 July 1816 – 30 April 1895) was a German novelist and...  more
  • Hans Henny Jahnn21

    Hans Henny Jahnn

    Dec. at 65 (1894-1959)

    BirthplaceHamburg, Germany

    Hans Henny Jahnn (17 December 1894, Stellingen – 29 November 1959, Hamburg) was a German...  more
  • Hans Rehberg22

    Hans Rehberg

    Dec. at 62 (1901-1963)

    BirthplacePoznań, Poland

    Hans Rehberg was a writer and playwright....
  • Hans Sachs23

    Hans Sachs

    Dec. at 82 (1494-1576)

    BirthplaceNuremberg, Germany

    Hans Sachs (5 November 1494 – 19 January 1576) was a German Meistersinger ("mastersinger"),...  more
  • Heiner Müller24

    Heiner Müller

    Dec. at 66 (1929-1995)

    BirthplaceEppendorf, Saxony, Germany

    Heiner Müller (German: [haɪnɐ mʏlɐ]; 9 January 1929 – 30 December 1995) was a German (formerly...  more
  • 25

    Heinrich Beck

    Dec. at 43 (1760-1803)

    BirthplaceGotha, Germany

    Heinrich Christian Beck (19 February 1760 in Gotha – 7 May 1803 in Mannheim) was a German...  more