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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 […]

Sex, Drugs and Violin Concertos

Sex, Drugs and Violin Concertos

By all accounts, Niccolò Paganini led an interesting life: Part of the first crop of world-famous violin virtuosos, his skill on the fiddle was unrivalled: He was capable of playing an entire concerto on a single string – a near necessity, as he frequently broke strings during performances. It is not his skill however, but […]

Märchenwelt at the Volksoper

Märchenwelt at the Volksoper

The Volksoper started the dance season with two premieres on their evening of Märchenwelt or Fairy Tale World. Staatsoper dancer and young choreographer Andrey Kaydanovsky opened the evening with an updated Ugly Duckling to an excellent performance of Ravel’s Pictures from an Exhibition. In an evening of anthropmorphism, Patrick Hullman’s performance as a tyrannical turkey […]

What Makes Vienna’s Next Top Artist?

What Makes Vienna’s Next Top Artist?

It’s a reliable formula for insanely successful TV shows: People compete to live their dreams. From American Idol to Project Runway, shows have looked for dancers, singers, models, wives, designers, with something called the X-factor, whatever that is.  But in an all new series, Vienna’s Next Top Artist, a theatre collective called God’s Entertainment is […]

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 […]

Wiener Festwochen 2013

The Wiener Festwochen is a five-week arts festival taking place throughout the city, beginning on 10 May with a ceremony on Rathausplatz. This will be Luc Bondy’s last time as director of the time-honoured festival. After 15 years, Bondy, who hails from Switzerland, will hand the position over to the Austrian Markus Hinterhäuser. The theme […]

Romeo & Juliet: Twice Told Tale in Bratislava

Romeo & Juliet: Twice Told Tale in Bratislava

Spring has finally arrived and with it romance. In years past, Slovak boys would build a symbolic tree, a “máj”, in front of their lover’s window, each a Romeo, at least in spirit. This spring, Romeo and Juliet themselves have taken over Bratislava, on the programme both at The Slovak National Theatre Ballet (Balet Slovenského […]

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