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Open House Theatre raises the curtain

Vienna’s new English-speaking theatre is all set for its first season. The newly established company will build on the work of the International Theatre, and launches in December with a production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the KIP Theater im Café Prückel, continuing the International’s tradition of annually performing this festive classic. The […]

Eric Lomas: Theatre in Two Worlds

Eric Lomas: Theatre in Two Worlds

Actor-Director Eric Lomas is something of a phenomenon even in a theatre-obsessed town like Vienna. Born in Styria to an Austrian father and English mother, he left for England at 16 to train with the Westcountry Theatre Company, in Torquay; at 19 he launched a youth theatre called Frontal Theatre in his home town of […]

The Immortal ‘Carol’

The Immortal ‘Carol’

In a misty half-light, Ebenezer Scrooge, harried and miserable, falls to his knees, cowering in front of a black robed spectre. As a man of business, apologies came hard to Scrooge. “Are these shadows of things that may be?” he asks, in a desperate voice, his words vanishing into the darkness. For the hooded figure […]

A Christmas Carol: Savoring Scrooge

A Christmas Carol: Savoring Scrooge

But I was already in the mood long before the opening sallies. Walking down the glittering staircase to the strains of Bing Crosby’s “Joy to the World,” I immediately started humming. Inside, I found a seat at one of the blue Jugendstil tables in the little café and soaked in the scene, the golden tinsel, […]

Scrooge’s Christmas

Scrooge’s Christmas

On an unusually warm November evening, walking along Porzellangasse toward the International Theater, the holiday season felt very far away. But trotting down the steep cellar stairs to the Fundus theater space, Christmas was suddenly in the air. Between the greens and ornaments, sprigs and mistletoe and the scent of Punch and Glühwein, the crowd […]

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