Burgtheater Vienna – Schedule, Program & Tickets

Burgtheater

After the Comédie Francaise, the Burgtheater in Vienna is Europe’s second-oldest theatre. Today, the Burgtheater, originally known as the K. K. Hoftheater nächst der Burg, complete with its three affiliated venues – the Akademietheater, Kasino and Vestibül – and a permanent ensemble of more than 80 actors and actresses, is one of Europe’s largest theatres and plays a seminal role in the German-speaking theatrical world. Every season, the Burgtheater and its affiliated venues welcome approximately 400,000 theatre-goers to some 800 performances.
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Sa 19:30
Der Besuch der alten Dame
Co-production with the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen
Can you leave your home behind? Claire Zachanassian can not. In Friedrich Dürrenmatt's tragic comedy, she returns to the place of her childhood and adolescence to seek revenge. Many years have passed since Klara Wäscher lost her innocence in the village of Güllen to Alfred III. Then she let sit with the child, she defamed as a whore. Now she returns, a rich widow, and promises the one billion who kill the unfaithful Alfred. "Pale but worthy," one meets her, speaks of Europe, law and humanity, rejects with indignation the monstrous offer. She answers with the shortest sentence of the piece: "I'm waiting."
Co-production with the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen
Can you leave your home behind? Claire Zachanassian can not. In Friedrich Dürrenmatt's tragic comedy, she returns to the place of her childhood and adolescence to seek revenge. Many years have passed since Klara Wäscher lost her innocence in the village of Güllen to Alfred III. Then she let sit with the child, she defamed as a whore. Now she returns, a rich widow, and promises the one billion who kill the unfaithful Alfred. "Pale but worthy," one meets her, speaks of Europe, law and humanity, rejects with indignation the monstrous offer. She answers with the shortest sentence of the piece: "I'm waiting."
A democracy becomes a dictatorship. Everyone has to decide for themselves whether to join in or swim against the tide. The actor Hendrik Höfgen is also in this dilemma but does not want to admit it. "Imprisoned in his ambition," he dreams only of his future fame, which has just begun to blossom. His talent is undisputed and enthusiastic even the new rulers, who like to surround themselves with artists. But many recognize the signs of the times and go abroad, into exile. Also Hendrik stands for a moment before this decision: Go or stay. But living as a poor refugee abroad?
Commissioned by the Burgtheater, the award-winning Austrian dramatist Ferdinand Schmalz has over-written, rewrote and rewritten the play of dying the rich man for the 21st century. He takes the text almost its liturgical character, sharpens the dramaturgy of the original, sharpens the conflicts, reluctantly screwing up language and meter, breaking old-clichés and renewing the iconography..
A democracy becomes a dictatorship. Everyone has to decide for themselves whether to join in or swim against the tide. The actor Hendrik Höfgen is also in this dilemma but does not want to admit it. "Imprisoned in his ambition," he dreams only of his future fame, which has just begun to blossom. His talent is undisputed and enthusiastic even the new rulers, who like to surround themselves with artists. But many recognize the signs of the times and go abroad, into exile. Also Hendrik stands for a moment before this decision: Go or stay. But living as a poor refugee abroad?
At the beginning there is a prophecy: Three witches prophesy to the triumphal returning from the battle general Macbeth, that he will once become king of Scotland - and his comrade Banquo progenitor of a royal family. Lady Macbeth, whose sinister ambition surpasses that of her husband considerably, hears of the witch's oracle and promptly devises a murder plan..
Co-production with the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen
Can you leave your home behind? Claire Zachanassian can not. In Friedrich Dürrenmatt's tragic comedy, she returns to the place of her childhood and adolescence to seek revenge. Many years have passed since Klara Wäscher lost her innocence in the village of Güllen to Alfred III. Then she let sit with the child, she defamed as a whore. Now she returns, a rich widow, and promises the one billion who kill the unfaithful Alfred. "Pale but worthy," one meets her, speaks of Europe, law and humanity, rejects with indignation the monstrous offer. She answers with the shortest sentence of the piece: "I'm waiting."
An exuberant, sexually charged ritual of young girls, a celebration of greed for life is the beginning of a hysterical manhunt. Some of the children faint or become ill after a secret meeting in the woods. Because the diseases are not explained by doctors, the rumor of supernatural events, of witchcraft quickly arises...
A indebted small town experiences its upswing as a health resort thanks to a healing water source. But diseases among the bathers make the bath doctor Tomas Stockmann suspicious - an analysis of the water results in a harmful contamination. In the escalating conflicts of interest, Tomas Stockmann will soon be alone. He must realize that his fellow citizens are more interested in preserving the status quo than in uncomfortable truths.
Molière's "conceited patient" Argan is a hypochondriac: he consults doctors, who patiently and happily prescribe unnecessary treatments for overpriced bills. A doctor in the house would be fine, Argan thinks and would therefore like to marry his daughter with one. However, she is in love with Cléante - and the comedy takes its course: the family tries to free Argan from the delusion of hypochondria, while Argan, in turn, recognizes the love of his daughter and the greed of his wife. In the end, Argan decides to become a doctor himself, and the daughter is allowed to marry whom she wants, the main thing he becomes a doctor.
A indebted small town experiences its upswing as a health resort thanks to a healing water source. But diseases among the bathers make the bath doctor Tomas Stockmann suspicious - an analysis of the water results in a harmful contamination. In the escalating conflicts of interest, Tomas Stockmann will soon be alone. He must realize that his fellow citizens are more interested in preserving the status quo than in uncomfortable truths.
Molière's "conceited patient" Argan is a hypochondriac: he consults doctors, who patiently and happily prescribe unnecessary treatments for overpriced bills. A doctor in the house would be fine, Argan thinks and would therefore like to marry his daughter with one. However, she is in love with Cléante - and the comedy takes its course: the family tries to free Argan from the delusion of hypochondria, while Argan, in turn, recognizes the love of his daughter and the greed of his wife. In the end, Argan decides to become a doctor himself, and the daughter is allowed to marry whom she wants, the main thing he becomes a doctor.
A democracy becomes a dictatorship. Everyone has to decide for themselves whether to join in or swim against the tide. The actor Hendrik Höfgen is also in this dilemma but does not want to admit it. "Imprisoned in his ambition," he dreams only of his future fame, which has just begun to blossom. His talent is undisputed and enthusiastic even the new rulers, who like to surround themselves with artists. But many recognize the signs of the times and go abroad, into exile. Also Hendrik stands for a moment before this decision: Go or stay. But living as a poor refugee abroad?
Commissioned by the Burgtheater, the award-winning Austrian dramatist Ferdinand Schmalz has over-written, rewrote and rewritten the play of dying the rich man for the 21st century. He takes the text almost its liturgical character, sharpens the dramaturgy of the original, sharpens the conflicts, reluctantly screwing up language and meter, breaking old-clichés and renewing the iconography..
A democracy becomes a dictatorship. Everyone has to decide for themselves whether to join in or swim against the tide. The actor Hendrik Höfgen is also in this dilemma but does not want to admit it. "Imprisoned in his ambition," he dreams only of his future fame, which has just begun to blossom. His talent is undisputed and enthusiastic even the new rulers, who like to surround themselves with artists. But many recognize the signs of the times and go abroad, into exile. Also Hendrik stands for a moment before this decision: Go or stay. But living as a poor refugee abroad?
Co-production with the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen
Can you leave your home behind? Claire Zachanassian can not. In Friedrich Dürrenmatt's tragic comedy, she returns to the place of her childhood and adolescence to seek revenge. Many years have passed since Klara Wäscher lost her innocence in the village of Güllen to Alfred III. Then she let sit with the child, she defamed as a whore. Now she returns, a rich widow, and promises the one billion who kill the unfaithful Alfred. "Pale but worthy," one meets her, speaks of Europe, law and humanity, rejects with indignation the monstrous offer. She answers with the shortest sentence of the piece: "I'm waiting."
At the beginning there is a prophecy: Three witches prophesy to the triumphal returning from the battle general Macbeth, that he will once become king of Scotland - and his comrade Banquo progenitor of a royal family. Lady Macbeth, whose sinister ambition surpasses that of her husband considerably, hears of the witch's oracle and promptly devises a murder plan..
with the collaboration of Lukas Kristl
1932. In the course of the world economic crisis, populist movements and finally National Socialism strengthened in Central Europe. Many people are unemployed. Also Elisabeth, a young woman. She has no money, no work, no husband. But she has heard that in the Anatomical Institute you can sell your own corpse, for science, when you die. But you get the money in advance - a mistake, as it turns out.
with the collaboration of Lukas Kristl
1932. In the course of the world economic crisis, populist movements and finally National Socialism strengthened in Central Europe. Many people are unemployed. Also Elisabeth, a young woman. She has no money, no work, no husband. But she has heard that in the Anatomical Institute you can sell your own corpse, for science, when you die. But you get the money in advance - a mistake, as it turns out.