Kingdoomed

The Burgtheater is leaving its rivals coughing on fumes with a brilliant “Don Karlos”.1.jpg

The theatre’s new director Martin Kusej had already staged the Friedrich Schiller play from 1787 at Munich’s Residenztheater. Creating a vile and hostile atmosphere, his four-and-a-half-hour Viennese version is pulling no punches. The Viennese “Don Karlos” has earned favourable reviews. It also received wide approval from audiences.

Schiller’s masterpiece portrays a bitter conflict between father and son and heinous political power games in in 16th century Spain. Thomas Loibl and Nils Strunk take lead roles in this compelling production.

“Don Karlos” will be performed tonight and on the 5th and 9th of December. For additional information on the prestigious theatre’s current repertoire, visit http://www.burgtheater.at

Photo: © Matthias Horn

Crisis-ridden theatre fights on

The Volkstheater board is in the firing line as the institution’s budget difficulties are intensifying. Its repertoire nevertheless holds some true gems.

It seems as if the state-funded theatre is going from bad to worse as far as its finances are concerned. Between 2015 and 2018, its plays had an attendance rate of just 56 per cent, including a considerable high number of free tickets. Nevertheless substantial sums will be invested in its infrastructure. Performances will take place at the adjacent Museumsquartier as of January to renovate the prestigious institution.1.jpg

Volkstheater directors have never had a particularly experimental approach. But through the past decades, its bill has included not just solid performances of classic plays but also some spellbinding if not game-changing projects.

“Rojava”, a play on the dream of a functioning democracy in a war-ridden region, has stunned audiences earlier this year. Calle Fuhr’s adaption of “Die Leiden des jungen Werther” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has not disappointed either.

A New Year’s Eve performance of Max Frisch’s “The Arsonists” (Biedermann und die Brandstifter) is certain to be one of the cultural highlights of the final few weeks of the year.

Visit http://www.volkstheater.at for a detailed bill and information on tickets.

Photo: © Volkstheater / Instagram

Shall We Dance?

Andrea Eckert and Markus Meyer complement each other brilliantly in an Akademietheater play featuring fantastic music.1

“Sechs Tanzstunden in sechs Wochen” by American playwright Richard Alfieri portrays Lily, an ageing widow. Feeling lonesome, she decides to book dance lessons. Her teacher Michael helps her to crush the persistent bouts of self-doubt. As her health deteriorates, Michael stays by her side.

“Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” is a life-affirming play about friendship and compassion. Director Martina Gredler and set designer Sophie Lux have created a wonderful German adaption. Eckert and Meyer never disappoint while the band spread boundless joy. Spellbound audiences are guaranteed in Vienna on 14th, 27th and 31st of December.

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Photo: © Reinhard Werner

The roof is on fire

Günter Franzmeier and Thomas Frank are putting in smashing performances in what is regarded as perhaps the finest part of the current Volkstheater bill.1.jpg

Hungarian director Viktor Bodo has freshened up Max Frisch’s “Biedermann und die Brandstifter” (The Arsonists) from 1958 with hilarious interludes including a slow-motion basketball clash and pop karaoke.

The final performances of “The Arsonists” are scheduled for 23rd and 31st December.

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Photo: © http://www.lupispuma.com / Volkstheater

Between trust and treason

An enthralling play with a superb twist in the plot will be staged at an intimate venue in Vienna tonight.

“Protest” by late Czech author and statesman Vaclav Havel is scheduled for 8pm at Volx/Margareten (Margaretenstraße 166, http://www.volkstheater.at).1.jpg

The play is about the courage to take action against repressive authorities who lock up disobedient citizens. Havel was a shrewd observer of sociological developments. Having been imprisoned several times, he suffered immensely under the autocratic Czechoslovakian regime.

Simon Scharinger plays Ferdinand Vanek, a writer who just got out from jail. Expecting support, he informs his mate Jan Stanek (Philip Leonhard Kelz) about a petition aiming at the release of Stanek’s son-in-law.

Photo: © Andrea Klem

Christie hit thrills Vienna

Ready yourself for two hours of impeccable suspense as a Viennese theatre stages one of the most popular plays in the world.1

Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” is drawing the crowds at Vienna’s English Theatre. Located in Josefstadt district’s Josefsgasse 12, the venue has managed to keep its reputation as home of dazzlingly entertaining English performances unblemished.

Each season, the theatre’s creative directors stage much-loved plays which have found acclaim at stages all around the globe. However, they never shy away from shattering preconceptions either by taking a crack at the oeuvre of contemporary playwrights.

“The Mousetrap” is the longest-running play in London’s West End after having opened in 1952. Vienna’s English Theatre is staging the legendary murder mystery daily except Sundays until the 21st of December.

To get your ticket, call +43 1 402 12 60-0 or visit http://www.englishtheatre.at

Photo: © Reinhard Reidinger / Vienna’s English Theatre