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Castle actress Maria Abel is 60 years old

Castle actress Maria Abel is 60 years old


Maria Abel celebrates her 60th birthday on Sunday. In addition to her work as an actress at the Burgtheater, she also runs the Max Reinhardt Symposium at the University of Music and Dramatic Art in Vienna – and since last year also the Reichenau Festival.

Maria Abel was born on October 16, 1962 in Elsenfeld, Bavaria, central Spessart. Having completed her training in Hamburg and several assignments in northern Germany, she soon worked for herself in Vienna, where Klaus Beemann brought her in. From 1991 to 1999, she was a member of the troupe at the Burg Theater and was a real delight for the audience with many roles, playing Claire Zakanasian in “The Old Lady’s Visit” as well as “Courageous Mother” of Brecht and Marth Rolle in “The Broken Jug”.

Beemann briefly followed to the Berlin troupe, but in 2002 returned to the Burg Theater as a member of the troupe, where she was also appointed as a room actress in 2016. However, Abel soon discovered her passion for directing and not least directing in Reichenau. This year, in the first season under her supervision, the festival achieved an occupancy rate of 76 percent.

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In 2019, Maria Abel played “Die Alte” in the play “Die Stuhle” at the Academy Theater in Vienna

Next premiere with “Demons”

Abel has been leading the Max Reinhardt seminar since 2020. Last season, she played Prospero in “The Tempest” and the baroness in “Tales from the Vienna Forest.” Her next Burgtheater premiere imminent: Starting November 25, she’ll be playing wealthy widow Varvara Strugina in Johann Simon’s production of Demons.

Abel and theater – this is an inseparable connection. She wrote down her memories of this in the book “Das Schnitzel ist umbesetz – What Happened So Far”, published in 2021. In it she recounts that fateful afternoon when she found out in Vienna an hour before the start of the show that she was not doing an evening show that day in Reichenau , but the performance of the afternoon.

Maria Abel as Claire Zakanasian during the rehearsal of The Old Lady's Visit in May 2018

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In 2018, Maria Abel was seen as Claire Zakanasian in “The Old Lady’s Visit” at the castle

Also the daughter of the actress

The association with theater continues to influence the next generation: Paula Nocker, daughter of Maria Abel and Dirk Nocker, received the Young Talent Nestroy Award the previous year for her theatrical debut, Lucy in “Threepenny’s Opera” in Kamersbyl. In addition to the Keynes Medal (1999), Maria Abel also received her own Nestroy Prize, and in 2003 she was honored in the Best Actress category. In 2005 she was honored as “Actress of the Year” in the field of radio plays.

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