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June 2020

The political backgrounds that Ibsen describes in his drama are easier to imagine today with reversed signs. At that time, left-liberal, democratic ideas shook the conservative bourgeois self-image. Today, on the contrary, these would perhaps be the anti-democratic attacks of a right-wing movement on the fundamental values of an open society.

Program and cast

Director: Elmar Goerden

Stage design: Silvia Merlo, Ulf Stengl

Costumes: Lydia Kirchleitner

Dramaturgy: Matthias Asboth

Light :Manfred Grohs

Johannes Rosmer, owner of Rosmersholm, former parish pastor: Herbert Föttinger

Rebekka West, who also lives in his house: Katharina Klar

Rector Kroll, Rosmer's brother-in-law: Joseph Lorenz

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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