Schauspielhaus (Vienna)

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The Schauspielhaus Wien is a theater in Porzellangasse 19 in the 9th district of Alsergrund .

Tomas Schweigen has been the new artistic director since July 1st, 2015 . The current permanent ensemble includes seven actors from five European nations.


Schauspielhaus Wien - Ensemble

The history of the house goes back to the beginning of the 20th century, when there was a variety theater in the basement of Porzellangasse 19, which was then adapted into one of the first cinemas in Vienna and the name Aryanized from 1913 to 1975 (during the Third Reich ) Heimat-Kino or Citta 2000 and offered 597 seats in the last year of its existence.


The theater opened after Hans Gratzer , (* 1941 in Wiener Neustadt, † 2005 in Rainfeld) head of the workshop theater group ( Neues Theater am Kärntnertor ), had converted it into a theater space, on May 4, 1978 with Jean Genet's The Balcony . Hans Gratzer played in the theater until 1986 with classic productions, contemporary drama and musical productions.


From 1987 to 1990 George Tabori (* 1914 in Budapest; † 2007 in Berlin) headed the theater in which he installed his theater laboratory “ Der Kreis ” based on the model of The Actors Studio . The opening took place on May 5, 1987 with Eugene O'Neill's The Ice Man Comes . Members of the changing ensemble included Therese Affolter , Otto Clemens , Angelica Domröse , Silvia Fenz , Ursula Höpfner , Isabel Karajan , Leslie Malton , Hildegard Schmahl , Michael Degen , Rainer Frieb , Detlef Jacobsen, Hilmar Thate and Vitus Zeplichal . Stanley Walden was responsible for the music and Andreas Szalla for the stage. As a co-director worked alongside Tabori Martin Fried. Tabori directed Stalin by Gaston Salvatore , among others . For this he was awarded the audience prize at the Mülheim Theater Days in 1988. For the world premiere of Thomas Brasch's Women. War. Comedy in coproduction with the Wiener Festwochen and the Bregenz Festival in 1988, Tabori received the Kainz Medal for direction and Domröse the Kainz Medal for the portrayal of Clare. Further highlights were the world premiere of Lear's Shadow based on William Shakespeare in coproduction with the Bregenz Festival in 1989 and the performance of Shakespeare's Hamlet in coproduction with the Wiener Festwochen 1989/90. The Theater Der Kreis ended with Tabori's move to the Burgtheater and Hans Gratzer's return to the Schauspielhaus in 1991.


In 1991 Gratzer returned to the Schauspielhaus for a second time as director until 2001. As a premier and premier performance house, he tried to position the stage as a first-rate contemporary German-language theater. One of his greatest successes was the discovery of the playwright Werner Schwab . Austrian premieres by British authors such as Sarah Kane and Mark Ravenhill were also shown. In his last season, Gratzer ran the house together with Martin Haselböck as a pure music theater, while a completely new form of theater, "the shop window", was staged in the alley next door.


In 2001 Airan Berg (* 1961 in Tel Aviv ) and Barrie Kosky (* 1967 in Melbourne) were appointed as artistic directors of the house. Berg's and Kosky's intercultural approach made the theater a place that opened up to diverse interpretations of the most diverse cultures. The “Hunger for Art and Culture” campaign was initiated in 2003 in cooperation with the Poverty Conference to open up art and culture to socially disadvantaged people. After artistic differences with his co-director, Kosky left the house in 2005; Airan Berg ran it as an international co-production stage until 2007. In 2005 the Schauspielhaus and the University of Vienna (Faculty of Educational Sciences ) started a project with Theater for All (see also: Culture for All ), which aims to open up theater to the blind and visually impaired by trained cultural assistants .


From 2007 to 2015 Andreas Beck (* 1965 Mülheim an der Ruhr) was the artistic director of the Schauspielhaus. Under his leadership, the Schauspielhaus saw itself as a theater of the contemporary, as an author's theater in the “classical” sense. The focus was on young and recent drama. Andreas Beck was awarded the Nestroy Special Prize 2008 for the new start at the Schauspielhaus Wien .

Further Nestroy awards followed: Kathrin Röggla won the 2010 authors' award (best piece) for “worst case” staged by Lukas Bangerter. In 2011 Franziska Hackl was the winner in the category Best Offspring as Flora in Grillenparz by Thomas Arzt. In the same year Max Mayer was awarded in the category Best Actor in the role of the hunter / fisherman in Grillenparz and in various roles in Bruno Schulz: The Messiah by Malgorzata Sikorska Miszuk. In 2014 the author's prize (best piece) went to David Greig for “The Events” in the world premiere / German-language premiere by Ramin Gray. Ivan Bazak accepted the Nestroy for Best Equipment 2015 for “Johnny Breitwieser”, the main actor Martin Vischer was nominated as best actor.

Since 2015

Tomas Schweigen (* 1977 in Vienna) has been the artistic director of the Schauspielhaus since July 2015, since then he has focused on innovative forms of authorship, open forms of work and progressive, young directing manuscripts. Jan-Christoph Gockel was nominated for the Nestroy Prize in the category Best Director in 2016 for “Imperium” based on the novel by Christian Kracht . In the 2016/17 season, for the first time in the history of the house, two productions, the immersive permanent performances “Cellar Door” and “Imperium”, were nominated for the Berlin Theatertreffen. In the same year, Falk Richter / Nir de Volff produced “Città del Vaticano” for the Lessingtage of the Thalia Theater Hamburg and “This wall summarizes itself and the star has spoken, the star has also said something” by Miroslava Svolikova ( Director: Franz-Xaver Mayr) invited to the Autorentheatertage at the Deutsches Theater Berlin . In the following seasons, too, several productions were invited to festivals and nominated for prizes: The world premiere of Thomas Köcks “The future is not enough for us (laments, children, laments!)” (Directed by Thomas Köck, Elsa-Sophie Jach) Nominated for the Nestroy Prize in the Best Director category and the world premiere of Enis Macis “Mitwisser” for Festival Pieces. Mülheimer Theatertage NRW 2019 and invited to the Autorentheatertage in Berlin. Lucia Bihler's adaptation of the novel “The Capital” by Robert Menasse made a guest appearance in 2019 at the Radikal Jung directing festival at the Munich Volkstheater. Between 2017 and 2019, the Schauspielhaus performed three times in a row at the Berliner Autorentheatertage. In 2019 Enis Maci was nominated as the author of "Cars" at the Nestroy Theater Prize in the category "Best Young Women".


The current ensemble under the artistic director Tomas Schweigen consists of Simon Bauer, Vera von Gunten, Jesse Inman, Steffen Link, Sophia Löffler, Clara Liepsch, Til Schindler and Sebastian Schindegger - three actresses and five actors from four European countries.


Despite the dominant architecture - the balcony that defines one half of the theater hall is supported by two pillars that narrow the hall to 9.6 m in the middle - it can be used in a variety of ways. Both proscenium situations and space stages can be set up with the flexible technical equipment. The hall with its old, column-supported spectator balcony holds a maximum of 220 spectators.


  • Playhouse materials . ( Periodical ; Date of publication: 1.1983–14.1985 documented). Schauspielhaus, Vienna.
  • Annemarie Türk (idea and coordination), Karin Kathrein (foreword): Schauspielhaus. 1978-1986 . Löcker, Vienna 1986, ISBN 3-85409-102-8 .
  • Wolfgang Reiter , Heinz Rögl (collaborators): Vienna theater talks. About dealing with drama and theater. Jelinek, Gratzer, Kirchner, Stolz, Beil, Löffler, Quitta, Werner, Schwab, Palm . Falter, Vienna 1993, ISBN 3-85439-095-5 .
  • Schauspielhaus Wien: newspaper for war and peace . ( Periodical ; Date of publication: 1.1999–2.2000 documented). Schauspielhaus-Betriebsges.mbH, Vienna.
  • Hans Gratzer (Ed.): Playhouse shop window. A documentation. The author showcase 2000/01 in the Wiener Schauspielhaus in words and pictures and the dates of the Schauspielhaus productions from 1978 to 1986 and from 1991 to 2001 . Schauspielhaus Betriebsgesellschaft, Vienna 2001, ISBN 3-902219-00-9 .
  • Doris Schrenk: Cinema in Vienna. From the beginning to the present . Thesis. University of Vienna, Vienna 2009. - Full text online (PDF; free of charge 1 MB).
  • Alexandra Sommer, Irmgard Maria Fuchs: Contemporary theater - new drama. Discursive approach based on the Schauspielhaus Wien, season 2007/2008, and the Austrian authors Gerhild Steinbuch , Händl Klaus , Ewald Palmetshofer and Johannes Schrettle . Thesis. University of Vienna, Vienna 2009. - Full text online (PDF; free of charge, 1.5 MB).
  • Petra Paterno: Lights out. The Wiener Schauspielhaus under Hans Gratzer from 1978 to 2001 . (Edition Theater, Volume 3). Edition Atelier, Vienna 2013, ISBN 978-3-902498-69-4 .
  • Hannes Wurm: the Schauspielhaus showcase. Description of a form of the new theater. Thesis. University of Vienna, Vienna 2003. - Full text online (PDF; free of charge, 1 MB).

Web links

Commons : Schauspielhaus Wien  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Schrenk: Kinobetriebe in Wien , p. 47.
  2. Alfred Wolf , Helga Maria Wolf : 9. In the upper Werd . In: , July 16, 2012, accessed on September 4, 2012.
  3. artminutes association: KinTheTop. (...) Heimat Kino - Citta 2000 (1913-1975) . In: , accessed on September 4, 2012.
  4. ^ Schrenk: Kinobetriebe in Wien , p. 97.
  5. Fritz Walden : Opening of the theater in Porzellangasse with Genet's “The Balcony”: Illusion and pseudo-reality . In: Arbeiter-Zeitung . Vienna May 6, 1978, p. 14 ( - the open online archive - digitized).
  6. ^ Hannes Wurm: the playhouse shop window. Description of a form of the new theater . Thesis. University of Vienna, Vienna 2003. - Full text online (PDF; 1 MB).
  7. ^ Elisabeth Scheicher: "Theater for All". The realization of a vision . Thesis. University of Vienna, Vienna 2012. - Full text online (PDF; 0.8 MB).

Coordinates: 48 ° 13 ′ 12 ″  N , 16 ° 21 ′ 41 ″  E