Summer Games in Perchtoldsdorf
The event has been held annually in July since 1976. The festival has been a member of the Lower Austria Theater Festival since 1994 . One piece is performed per season; in 2016 the performances were attended by around 9,500 people.
From 1981 to 1996 Jürgen Wilke was the director of the Summer Games, from 1999 to 2001 this was Gerhard Tötschinger and then until 2007 Wolfgang Löhnert . After a break in 2008 and 2009 due to renovation work, Barbara Bissmeier (also Bißmeier) was artistic director from 2010 to 2013. Michael Sturminger has directed the festival since 2014 . The directors Jürgen Wilke, Gerhard Tötschinger and Michael Sturminger also directed.
The performances take place in the former courtyard of Perchtoldsdorf Castle. In 2008 and 2009 there were no performances due to renovations and the construction of an event hall for 400 people under the courtyard. Continuous gaming has been possible since 2010 thanks to this new, weatherproof replacement venue. Perchtoldsdorfer Betriebs-GmbH has been organizing the Perchtoldsdorf Summer Games since 2009 . The event receives financial support from the municipality of Perchtoldsdorf and the state of Lower Austria .
In 2020, the summer games were postponed from July to August due to the COVID-19 pandemic .
- 1976 to 1979: Jürgen Kaizik
- 1981 to 1996: Jürgen Wilke
- 1997: Tamás Ferkay
- 1998: Guest performance by the Salzburg State Theater
- 1999 to 2001: Gerhard Tötschinger
- 2002 to 2007: Wolfgang Löhnert
- 2008 and 2009: Break due to the expansion of Perchtoldsdorf Castle
- 2010 to 2013: Barbara Bissmeier, also Bißmeier
- since 2014: Michael Sturminger
Artistic director Jürgen Kaizik (1976–1979)
- 1976: The Petersdorfer Jedermann ( Karl Leopold Schubert )
- 1977: Mother Courage and her children (Bert Brecht)
- 1978: The Robbers (Friedrich von Schiller)
- 1979: The Broken Jug (Heinrich von Kleist)
- Directed by Jürgen Kaizik, with Uwe Falkenbach, Ernst Meister, Hilde Sochor, Katharina Manker, Bruno Thost
Artistic director Jürgen Wilke (1981–1996)
- 1981: Becket or the Glory of God ( Jean Anouilh )
- 1982: Urfaust (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
- 1983: 1683 - The delicious consequences of an unsuccessful siege ( Franz Hiesel ; world premiere)
- 1984: What You Will (William Shakespeare)
- 1985: Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
- 1986: Don Carlos (Friedrich von Schiller)
- 1987: The Old Lady's Visit (Friedrich Dürrenmatt)
- 1988: Danton's death (Georg Büchner)
- 1989: Katharina Knie (Carl Zuckmayer)
- 1990: Mr. Puntila and his servant Matti (Bert Brecht)
- 1991: A brotherly dispute in Habsburg (Franz Grillparzer)
- 1992: Nathan the Wise (Gotthold Ephraim Lessing)
- 1993: Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare)
- 1994: Wallenstein (Friedrich Schiller)
- 1995: Amphitryon ( Peter Hacks )
- Directed by Jürgen Wilke, with Joachim Hansen , Klaus Behrendt, Robert Hauer-Riedl, Detlev Eckstein, Proschat Madani
- 1996: A Midsummer Night's Dream (William Shakespeare)
Artistic director Tamás Ferkay (1997)
- 1997: Othello (William Shakespeare)
Guest performance of the Salzburg State Theater (1998)
- 1998: Emilia Galotti (Gotthold Ephraim Lessing)
Artistic director Gerhard Tötschinger (1999-2001)
- 1999: The Four Ruffians (Carlo Goldoni)
- 2000: The Impresario of Smyrna (Carlo Goldoni)
- 2001: Il Campiello (Carlo Goldoni)
Artistic director Wolfgang Löhnert (2002-2007)
- 2002: Stories from the Vienna Woods (Ödön von Horvath)
- 2003: What You Will (William Shakespeare)
- 2004: Kasimir and Karoline (Ödön von Horvath)
- 2005: Tartuffe (Moliére)
- 2006: Don Quixote from La Mancha (after Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)
- 2007: Faust (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
Artistic director Barbara Bissmeier (2010-2013)
- 2010: Hamlet (William Shakespeare)
- 2011: Lysistrate (Aristophanes)
- 2012: Macbeth (William Shakespeare)
- 2013: The Auditor (Nikolai Gogol)
Artistic Director Michael Sturminger (from 2014)
- 2014: The Käthchen von Heilbronn (Heinrich von Kleist)
- 2015: The Storm (William Shakespeare)
- 2016: A Midsummer Night's Dream (William Shakespeare)
- 2017: Minna von Barnhelm (Gotthold Ephraim Lessing)
- 2018: Life is Serious (Bunbury) by Elfriede Jelinek based on Oscar Wilde in coproduction with the Stadttheater Klagenfurt
- 2019: Uncle Vanya ( Anton Chekhov )
- 2020: Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare)
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