Theater in der Josefstadt

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Theater in der Josefstadt

The Theater in der Josefstadt is a theater in Vienna in the eighth district of Josefstadt. It was founded in 1788 and is the oldest still performing theater in Vienna. It is often referred to colloquially as simply Die Josefstadt.

Following remodeling and rebuilding in 1822 — celebrated by the performance of the overture Die Weihe des Hauses ('Consecration of the House') by Beethoven — opera was staged there including Meyerbeer and Wagner. From 1858 onwards the theatre gave up opera and instead concentrated on straight theatre and comedy.

Major figures in musical and theatrical history connected with the house[edit]

Directors (with their years of service)[edit]

  • 1788 – 1812 Karl Felix Mayer
  • 1812 – 1822 ?
  • 1822 – 1824 Karl Friedrich Hensler
  • 1824 – 1828 J. von Scheidlin
  • 1828 – 1831 Carl Carl
  • 1831 – 1834 Johann August Stöger
  • 1834 – 1836 Scheiner
  • 1837 – 1848 Franz Pokorny
  • 1848 – 1865 ?
  • 1865 – 1866 Johann Fürst
  • 1866 – 1871 ?
  • 1871 – 1877 Johann Fürst
  • 1877 – 1899 ?
  • 1899 – 1923 Josef Jarno
  • 1924 – 1926 Max Reinhardt
  • 1926 – 1933 Max Reinhardt and Emil Geyer
  • 1933 – 1935 Max Reinhardt and Otto Preminger
  • 1935 – 1938 Max Reinhardt and Ernst Lothar
  • 1938 – 1938 Robert Valberg
  • 1938 – 1945 Heinz Hilpert
  • 1945 – 1953 Rudolf Steinboeck
  • 1953 – 1958 Franz Stoß and Ernst Haeussermann
  • 1958 – 1977 Franz Stoß
  • 1977 – 1984 Ernst Haeussermann
  • 1984 – 1988 Heinrich Kraus (in September 1986 Boy Gobert was to become director, but died only a few months before)
  • 1988 – 1997 Otto Schenk and Robert Jungbluth
  • 1997 – 1999 Helmuth Lohner and Robert Jungbluth
  • 1999 – 2003 Alexander Götz and Robert Jungbluth
  • 2003 – 2004 Hans Gratzer
  • 2004 – 2006 Helmuth Lohner
  • 2006 – Herbert Föttinger

Famous ensemble members[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 48°12′34″N 16°21′10″E / 48.20944°N 16.35278°E / 48.20944; 16.35278