The Intouchables

An aspiring actor from Afghanistan stars in a new Viennese theatre production.

Stage adaptions of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s 2001 novel “Mr. Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran” have delighted audiences for years. Now Bagher Ahmadi stars in the Volkstheater’s version of this life-affirming story of an unusual friendship.1.jpg

Neglected by his father, Moses gets to know Monsieur Ibrahim (Michael Abendroth), a lovely elderly shopkeeper. The Jewish teen and the Muslim gentlemen may appear to be a dissimilar duo. But they soon build a perfect partnership.

The presence of the young chap quickly lifts the spirits of the visibly bored grocer. Moses, meanwhile, finally has someone he can share his secrets with.

Directed by Jan Gehler, this Volkstheater production is certain to find many admirers. The next performances of “Monsieur Ibrahim und die Blumen des Koran” are scheduled for tonight (VHS Hietzing) and Saturday (VZ Heiligenstadt).

For more information on the current repertoire, visit

Photo: © Barbara Palffy / Volkstheater

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