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Volkstheater or People’s Theatre was built in 1889 on demand of some citizens of Vienna, who wished to have an alternative to the Burgtheater (the Imperial Theatre) and bring theatre closer to ordinary people in Vienna.
Volkstheater building was designed by the architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer, authors of many other theatre buildings in Vienna and other places of Europe.
The first dramaturge of the new Volkstheater was Austrian dramatist Ludwig Anzengruber. The theatre opened on 14 September 1889 with his play Der Fleck auf der Ehr (The Stain on Honour).
Throughout its history Volkstheater has tried to balance classical pieces with newer productions. In both groups, Austrian authors like Johann Nestroy or Ferdinand Raimund naturally get a lot of attention, but you will also find pieces by other authors like e.g. Ingmar Bergman or Woody Allen.
In 2005 Volkstheater Wien started an alternative stage located in the 5th district (Margareten), which focuses on experimental theatre (e.g. Dejan Dukovski or Wojtek Klemm).
At present the art director of Volkstheater Wien is Michael Schottenberg (since 2005).
The main building of Volkstheater is located in the 7th district (Neubau) the city centre at the intersection of Museumstrasse, Museumsplatz, and Burggasse. Volkstheater is just across the street from Museumsquartier and some of Viennese most popular museums. Volksgarten and the building of Austrian Parliament are also very close.
The building of Volkstheater is very easily accessible by U-Bahn (metro). The station’s name is also Volkstheater and it is one of the busiest U-Bahn stations in Vienna – it is the intersection of lines U2 and U3.
Volsktheater Wien, Neustiftgasse 1, A-1070 Wien
Phone: +43 1 52111 0
Email: info ( at ) volkstheater.at
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