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Imperial court theater (Burgtheater), Vienna, Austria Photo
Imperial court theater (Burgtheater), Vienna
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The Burgtheater (the former imperial court theatre), one of the most important theatres in Europe, and the second-oldest theatre still in existence after the Comedie Francaise, was created in 1741 by Habsburg Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. Known as "die Burg" by the Viennese, it was moved to a newer building, shown above, in 1888. The building was severely damaged during the second world war and a subsequent fire, and restored in 1955.

Three Mozart operas premiered in the old Burgtheater: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (1782), Le nozze di Figaro (1786) and Cosi fan tutte (1790).

Its all-German program includes all the variety of spoken theatre: classics and contemporary pieces, as well as experimental theatre and readings.

The Burgtheater has 1175 seats, 81 standing places, and room for 12 wheelchairs and escorts. In addition to the main theatre there are three other locations where Burgtheater productions are performed: the "Vestibul", a studio seating 70, located in the main building, the "Kasino" , and the "Akademietheater' theaters.


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