The diversity developed from the small state constitution of Germany in the 17th and 18th centuries. After the Second World War, theatres were among the first reopened cultural venues, some of which spent tickets in exchange for coal to run the heating system, and today they have to fight everywhere for their right to exist. People's desire for culture and theatre in times of barbarism was monstrous and existential. Cultural buildings as meeting places in the young democracy were an expression of the reawakened basic needs and let people flow into the theatres. To this day, this has lost nothing of its attractiveness. Even today, the number of spectators is growing steadily and the cultural and creative industries are one of the most expansive economic sectors in modern Germany. More than 30 million people visit the more than 65,000 theatre performances held annually.