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Agatha Christie’s Courtroom Thriller: Style and a Twist

Agatha Christie’s Courtroom Thriller: Style and a Twist

Agatha Christie is always a treat. A full parade of villains and charmers, elegant settings from a time we feel was much nicer than our own, and a twist in the tale that keeps us engaged to the end. Witness for the Prosecution, originally not a play at all but a short story entitled Traitor […]

Reviving Dear Liar: Lustless Lions at Play

Reviving Dear Liar: Lustless Lions at Play

Dear Liar is Jerome Kilty’s adaptation of the 41-year correspondence between George Bernard Shaw and the celebrated actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell, which began in late-Victorian London in 1899 and ended with the death of “Mrs. Pat” in France in 1940. Excerpts from these letters, interspersed with explanations addressed directly to the audience, provide the dialogue […]

Fifty Years of Theatre in English

Fifty Years of Theatre in English

In 1963, Ruth Brinkmann premiered in Dear Liar in Vienna, performing in her wedding dress. An American, recently graduated from Yale University School of Drama and determined to be an actress, Brinkman had come to Europe for a year abroad, before getting down to building a career in America. But in Vienna, she wandered into […]

Key For Two: Playing With Polygamy

Key For Two: Playing With Polygamy

“Wot’s a woman to do?” Times are bad. It’s Thatcher’s recession, just as bad as the one we’ve been told we have now. Harriet’s husband proved to be the worst of crooks. But thanks to the pill, this ‘80s divorcée can conjugate her two lovers to keep her life in complete sentences, giving a new […]

Black Tie at the English Theatre: This clash of generations thrives on one-liners

A dyed-in-the-wool Republican returns from the grave to help his son through his rehearsal dinner. “Show me a bride that doesn’t blush,” the old man says, “and I’ll show you a Democrat that doesn’t spend money.” It’s one of many good one-liners in A.R. Gurney’s new clash-of-generations comedy, now playing at Vienna’s English Theatre. Let […]

The Woman in Black: A Thriller Within a Thriller

The Woman in Black: A Thriller Within a Thriller

A man is desperate to rid himself of post-traumatic nightmares and searches for a way to communicate his story: A case worthy of Freud translates into a fine dramatic conceit for Stephen Mallatratt’s gothic hit The Woman in Black, which runs through 2 March at Vienna’s English Theatre. This compulsively watchable two-actor play, directed by […]

A Star is Born… (Sort of)

A Star is Born… (Sort of)

In a world where bad news permeates the airwaves, Ken Ludwig’s award-winning play Lend Me a Tenor, playing at Vienna’s English Theatre through 21 December, is a welcome jolt of pure fun. The non-stop action takes place in a hotel suite in Cleveland in 1934, on the occasion of the Cleveland Grand Opera hosting the […]

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 […]

Showtime at The English Theatre

Showtime at The English Theatre

What is a parent to do with their gifted and energetic child? Some kids just beg to be on stage and in Vienna they can get that opportunity… in English. Showtime is the youth performing arts school at Vienna’s English Theatre, coaching young people in the arts of acting, dancing and singing. Founded in 2010 […]

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