The Burgtheater

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1741 until today
On 14th March 1741, the theatre manager Joseph Selliers was authorised by Empress Maria Theresia to let a vacant banqueting hall next to the Hofburg palace to theatrical companies. In 1776 the Teutsches Nationaltheater, as it was then called, was placed under court administration by royal decree by Maria Theresias son Joseph II. This marked the beginning of the heyday of German-language theatre in Vienna.Since 2009 Matthias Hartmann is the director of the Burgtheater. He enriched the repertoire of the theatre by introducing the international performance groups Nature Theater of Oklahoma from New York and the Belgian Needcompany , Artists in Residence at the Burgtheater since 2009, to the Viennese public.


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