“Der Alpenkönig und der Menschenfeind” will be performed four times next month, Burgtheater programme planners have announced.
Johannes Krisch (“Stallerhof”) and Cornelius Obonya (“Caligula”) star in the play written by Ferdinand Raimund which was staged for the first time in 1928. Stefanie Dvorak and Johann Adam Oest are also part of the Burgtheater production’s excellent cast. Director Michael Schachermaier revealed: “I dare to say that I’ve been provided with the cast of my dreams.”
Speaking about what it means to him to bring the popular play to the stage at one of Europe’s most important theatres, the 30-year-old told Der Standard, a Viennese newspaper: “Its script is just sensational.”
Schachermaier explained he decided to go his own way concerning the style of the new production. Speaking to Der Standard, he said the decisive thing was to abandon Viennese traditions linked with the play. Thinking back of the moment when he was offered to direct “Der Alpenkönig und der Menschenfeind” at the Burgtheater this season, Schachermaier disclosed: “I had to take a timeout. I was shocked.”
“Der Alpenkönig und der Menschenfeind” – which has received praise by newspaper Die Presse for its “ghostly dimension” thanks to the superb performances by Krisch and Obonya – is scheduled for 9, 13, 16 and 22 December. Visit http://www.burgtheater.at for the theatre’s complete bill.
A production for kids from the age of seven and their families of “Around the World in 80 Days” (Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours) by Jules Verne is another current highlight of the Burgtheater. The play – entitled “In 80 Tagen um die Welt” in German – features Peter Knaack, Liliane Amuat and Sven Dolinski in leading roles.
Meanwhile, Roland Schimmelpfennig’s “Der goldene Drache” is back on at the Akademietheater due to its enormous success last season. Christiane von Poelnitz and Barbara Petritsch star in the grotesque play about a Chinese restaurant and its weird guests and neighbourhood.