Vienna’s diversity of theatres
The Viennese Theatre Scene is becoming more and more experimental and it is often combined with other media like music or movies, and the plays are often influenced by interactivity. There are some theatres, who offer plays also in other languages, like English or French.
One traditional historical theatre is the “Burgtheater” on the Wiener Ringstraße. It is the largest and the second oldest one in Europe. The “Burgtheater” has a long history and due to that, tradition is very important there.
Every season it offers at least thirty plays, which are performed in turn. There are also numerous premiers taken place, like from Thomas Bernhard, Elfriede Jelinek or Peter Handke. The Burgtheater also includes other stages like the “Akademietheater”, the “Casino am Schwarzenbergplatz” or the “Vestibül”.
The “Volkstheater”, which is one of the biggest theatres in the German-speaking area, is situated near the Museumsquartier and the Spittelberg. It was founded 1889 and the building and also the appointment are magnificent and traditional. There are classical red seats and also a drape, and its arrangement is dominated with gold and plastering.
Andreas Vitásek, who is in the Ensemble of the “Volkstheater”, is a very well known actor and famous for his characteristic roles. Other stages like the “Rote Bar”, the “Schwarze Salon” or the “Weiße Salon” belong to the theatre.
The “Theater in der Josefstadt” is the oldest theatre in Vienna, founded 1788. It was redecorated in 2007, therefore today it shines in a new glance. The “Kammerspiele” is the second stage of the “Theater in der Josefstadt” and got popularity due to some famous actors like, Christiane Hörbiger, Otto Schenk or Elfriede Ott.
The “Stadtsaal Wien” is pretty new, it was opened on January 3rd this year and it is mainly a stage for cabaret. The new stage is situated on the Mariahilferstraße, the famous shopping street in Vienna. You can see there Austria’s most famous cabaret stars, like Alfred Dorfer or Josef Hader.
The “Theater an der Wien”, a very traditional house, is not a theatre with spoken plays but rather an opera house. It is located near the famous “Wiener Naschmarkt”. Due to some premiers of musicals in the 90ies, like Cats or Elisabeth, it got more famous. The “Semperdepot” is since 2006 in cooperation with the “Theater an der Wien”.
But there are also many more theatres in Vienna, which are a visit worth, like the “Brut” on the Karlsplatz, the “Schauspielhaus”, the “Dschungel” in the Museumsquartier or “Vienna’s English Theatre”, where you can watch English plays.
If you want to get an overview, in which theatres which plays are going to be performed, you could visit the website www.theaterspielplan.at. On this homepage you can see every theatre in Austria and every performed play. Well, you have a huge range of different kinds of theatres in Vienna.
Now the decision, where you’ll go, is on you. ;)