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The Reichenau Festival focuses on the classics

The Reichenau Festival focuses on the classics

The focus is on Austrian drama from Johann Nestroy to Thomas Bernhard Reichenau Festival 2024The program was presented in Vienna on Wednesday by Artistic Director Maria Happel. Also available are Arthur Schnitzler's “Anatole” (from July 5, directed by Michael Gambi, with, among others, Anton Fedor, Claudius von Stolzmann, and Paula Nocker), and Thomas Bernhard's “The Ignorant and the Madman” (from July 6, from Directed by Hermann Bell, with Martin Schwab, Stefan Jürgens, Julia Stemberger, and others) and “Judgment Day” by Udon von Horvath (from July 7, directed by Maria Abel, with Wolfgang Hubsch, Daniel Gish, Mercedes Echerer, among others). On the program. This time, the opening festival with free admission will be announced on July 6 in the Spa Park. The festival's performances continue in the Great Hall and the new playroom until August 4th.

As a play for children, Angelika Messner creates an interactive and musical version of “The Magic Flute” at Reichenau Castle. Messner also takes care of the “after-conversations” and introductions to the piece. An additional format called “Queens of the Night” brings Sona Macdonald as Isadora Duncan and Maria Happel as Maria Callas to the stage in a reading of a play by Angelica Hagger (starting July 12). Hubble is also in talks with Ulrike Bembold, Michael Niavarani and Robert Palfrader.

State Governor Johanna Mikkel-Leitner (ÖVP) remembered the late festival founder and long-time director Peter Luydult: “Thanks to him and his wife Renate Luydult, we can look back and witness a very successful time. The Reichenau Festival in particular has become a landmark and an important factor for tourism and the economy. “Hermann Bell also praised the achievements of the Loydolt couple, who laid the foundations of the festival.

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For Maria Happel, this is her third season running the festival: “We remain true to our line and dedicate ourselves to the classics of Austrian theatrical literature.” Thematically, it is about different “magical worlds” and the “intermediate tones that lead us”. there.”

36,000 tickets were issued, and general ticket sales begin on February 28. With more morning shows and the cancellation of Sunday evening dates, audience booking preferences are being accommodated. Bus service from Vienna is also increased.