Wiener Kammerspiele

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The Wiener Kammerspiele are a theater in the 1st district of Vienna, Inner City, in the Steyrerhof, a side street off Rotenturmstrasse . Today the Kammerspiele are run as a “branch stage” of the theater in der Josefstadt and are dedicated to the cultivated boulevard play with the emphasis on classical entertainment literature. They have always retained their attraction through popular actors, often known from film and television, such as Senta Berger , Johannes Heesters , Georg Kreisler , Hans Moser , Fritz Muliar , Susi Nicoletti , Georg Thomalla , Helmut Qualtinger and Otto Schenk .

The theater was built in 1910 according to designs by the architectural team Franz von Krauss and Josef Tölk in the basement of the Orendihof designed by Arthur Baron and was initially called Residenzbühne or Residenztheater . In 1916 the director Herbert Ihering took over the management, from now on under the current name, then Alfred Bernau was director. In 1919 the Kammerspiele came to the Deutsches Volkstheater under his direction . In 1925 there was an interest group with the Reinhardt theaters in Vienna and Berlin.

According to the newly concluded lease, the Kammerspiele were to be opened as a comedian theater (actually: theater of comedians ) on September 1, 1931 by Oskar Donath and Armin Berg . However, it did not come to that: in the course of the following months, the stage went to Rudolf Beer , who ran it together with the Raimundtheater and who decided (together with the house owner) to finally close the Kammerspiele at the turn of the year 1931/32 . The organizational affiliation to the Josefstädter Theater took place later.

Since its renovation in 1939, the theater has seated 528 spectators. In 1973 the architect Otto Niedermoser redesigned the building.

In 2006 Herbert Föttinger took over the Kammerspiele as the new director of the theater in der Josefstadt . On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the stage in 2010, he drew attention to the urgent need for a general renovation, which was carried out in 2013 in a five-month construction period. The renovation cost around 12 million euros, 70% of which was financed by donations and sponsors. Important donors were Peter Pühringer and Karl Wlaschek. The reopening was on October 22, 2013. The opening premiere was shown on October 24, Catch Me If You Can in a European premiere.

The adaptations of the successful novels by the Austrian writer Daniel Glattauer Gut gegen Nordwind and All Seven Waves were premiered in the Kammerspiele. Another great success was Ladies Night , which is based on the film All or Not at all and which was sold out on all 135 performance evenings.


  • William E. Yates: Theater in Vienna. A critical history, 1776-1995 . (English). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (et al.) 2005, ISBN 978-0-521-02257-6 .
  • Christiane Huemer-Strobele: 100 Years of the Kammerspiele, 1910–2010 . (Excerpt from Unknown as a brochure). 2010. - Full text online (PDF; 353 kB) , accessed on March 28, 2012.
  • Georg Markus, Otto Schenk, Elfriede Ott, Heinz Marecek: If only you like it. 100 years of the Kammerspiele, 1910–2010 . Amalthea, Vienna 2010, ISBN 978-3-85002-724-3 . - Table of contents online (PDF) .

Individual evidence

  1. Franz von Krauss. In: Architects Lexicon Vienna 1770–1945. Published by the Architekturzentrum Wien . Vienna 2007.
  2. Theater and Art News. (...) Burggarten (in bad weather) (...) Guest performance by the Theater der Komiker (...). In:  Neue Freie Presse , Morgenblatt, No. 24053/1931, September 1, 1931, p. 10, top right. (Online at ANNO ). Template: ANNO / Maintenance / nfp.
  3. ^ The leasing of the Kammerspiele. In:  Neue Freie Presse , Morgenblatt, No. 23896/1931, March 24, 1931, p. 7 middle. (Online at ANNO ). Template: ANNO / Maintenance / nfp.
  4. ^ Yates: Theater in Vienna , p. 218.
  5. ^ The Viennese private theaters without technical staff. (...) Final closure of the Kammerspiele. In:  Neue Freie Presse , Morgenblatt, No. 24173/1932, January 1, 1932, p. 11. (Online at ANNO ). Template: ANNO / Maintenance / nfp.
  6. prospect - theater , edition 12/2013
  7. ^ Format , edition of January 31, 2013, number 44
  8. Archived copy ( Memento of the original from March 4, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

Web links

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Coordinates: 48 ° 12 ′ 40 "  N , 16 ° 22 ′ 33"  E