Radetzky March

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June 2020

Time doesn't want us anymore. One no longer believes in God. The new religion is nationalism. The peoples no longer go to church. They go into national associations and want independent states. As soon as our emperor closes his eyes, we fall into a hundred pieces.
Count Chojnicki

A cruel will of history has shattered my old fatherland, the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. I loved this fatherland, which allowed me to be a patriot and a citizen of the world at the same time, an Austrian and a German among all Austrian peoples. I have loved the virtues and advantages of this fatherland, and today, as it is dead and lost, I also love its faults and weaknesses. Theirs it had many. It has atoned them by its death. It went almost directly from the operetta performance to the eerie theatre of the world war. A completely different Austria is known and trusted to me and to many other of my international compatriots, who like me have lost a fatherland and thus a world, than the one which revealed itself in its export operettas during my lifetime and which, after death, only survives in its cheapest export. I knew and loved the strange family of Trottas, the Spartans among the Austrians, of whom I will report in my book Radetzkymarsch. By their rise, by their downfall, I believe I can recognize the will of that uncanny power which interprets the fate of one sex as that of a historical violence. The peoples pass away, the kingdoms pass away. It is the writer's duty to capture the strange and at the same time the humanly significant from the passing, the drifting, the strange. He has the sublime and humble task of picking up the private destinies which history lets fall, blindly and frivolously, as it seems.
Joseph Roth, Preface to Radetzky March

Program and cast

Elmar Goerden


Silvia Merlo
Ulf Stengl


Lydia Kirchleitner


Barbara Nowotny


Manfred Grohs


Carl Joseph von Trotta 
Florian Pond Master


District governor Franz von Trotta 
Joseph Lorenz


Solferino's hero, Jacques, Doctor Skowronnek, button maker. 
Michael König


Count Chojnicki 
Andrea Jonasson.


Katharina Slama, Eva Demant 
Pauline Knof


Doctor Max Demant, Kapturak 
Peter Scholz


Sergeant Slama, Colonel Kovacs, Major Zoglauer. 
André Pohl


Valerie von Taußig, Miss Hirschwitz, Police Council Fuchs 

Alexandra Krismer


Rittmeister Tattenbach, Captain Wagner 
Alexander Absenger


Rittmeister Taittinger, Rittmeister Zschoch 
Oliver Rosskopf

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.

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