The Theatre

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200th anniversary of Mozart's death. Première of Così fan tutte, staged by Götz Friedrich. The repertoire of the Salzburg marionettes now included all five major Mozart operas.


Co-production with the Salzburg Landestheater of Mozart's Entführung for children.


TV and video recording of all five major Mozart operas, in collaboration with 3Sat Television, with Sir Peter Ustinov as narrator.


First collaboration with the Salzburg Festival, in the Small Festival Hall. The marionettes performed together with singers, actors, chorus and orchestra, in Carl Maria von Weber's opera Oberon.


Co-production with the Salzburg Landestheater of Janos' Der Josa mit der Zauberfiedel, a musical fairytale for children, set to music by Wilfried Hiller. Production of Ein Fall für Mozart, in which a narrator takes children through the five great Mozart operas.


Tours and guest performances, including USA, Argentina, Japan, Taiwan, Athens, Venice, Paris, England, Germany, Beirut and Switzerland.


First collaboration with the Salzburg Easter Festival, in Sergey Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, with Tobias Moretti as narrator. To mark the 70th birthday of Gretl Aicher and the 85th anniversary of the Marionette Theatre, the "World of Marionettes" museum was opened in Hohensalzburg Fortress.


Première of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.


The Marionette Theatre celebrated its 90th anniversary in February. Restoration of the foyer. Première of Humperdinck's opera Hansel and Gretel in December.


February/March: five-week US tour. In the autumn the marionettes will go to Japan and Hong Kong. Since 1913, the Marionette Theatre has undertaken 240 tours at home and abroad.


In July, première of An Hour with Mozart. Guest performances in Switzerland, France and Hungary. November/December: six-week US tour.


March: three-week run in the Paris Théâtre Déjazet Déjazet with Mozart repertoire, followed by performances in Strasbourg and Milan. July/August: the theatre participated in the cycle of all 22 Mozart operas at the Salzburg Festival and co-produced Bastien und Bastienne and Der Schauspieldirektor. In the autumn, the theatre gave performances in Costa Mesa/California. December: three-week tour of France. Since 1913, the Salzburg Marionette Theatre has undertaken 250 guest performances and tours in Austria and abroad.


Repeat of the co-produktion of Bastien und Bastienne and Der Schauspieldirektor with the Salzburg Festival. May: rehearsal starts for the Broadway musical The Sound of Music; première on 2 November 2007 in Dallas, Texas, at the beginning of five-week US tour.


“Sound of Muisc” premiere in Salzburg. Tours to Athens, Madrid. Three weeks stay in Paris with a french version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in December.


Performances in Essen and Leverkusen. A tour leads the theatre for the first time to Arabia to the “Spring of Culture”-Festival in Bahrain. Further performances in Turkey, Greece and Finland.


Renewal of invitations to Bahrain, Oman, Algeria and Abu Dhabi. New production of Claude Debussy’s “La boîte à joujoux” (The toy box) for the Ittingen Festival. Pianist András Schiff will accompany the puppeteers live on the piano. Premiere of a french version of “The Sound of Music” for 4 weeks performances in Paris through Christmas 2010 and the New Year.


Guestperformances in Taiwan, Vienna Konzerthaus and Palermo


Gretl Aicher, artistic director of the Salzburg Marionettes dies unexpectedly on March 14.Coproduction with the Salzburg State Theatre: The Ring of the Nibelung. Guest performance in New Yorks Carnegie Hall. Tours the Switzerland and France in autumn.


Guest performance in Muscat/Oman. February 27: The Salzburg Marionette Theatre celebrates its 100 years. Recreation of the fairy tale Snow White. Premiere of the new production Alice in Wonderland in September. A big tour leads the Theatre through the United States.


Coproduction with the Salzburg State Theatre „The Wild Things“ and „The Magic Flute“. Recreation of „The Barber of Seville“ due to a cooperation with Salzburg Festival. Guest performances in France, Germany, as well as five-weeks US tour


Recreation of „Peter and the Wolf/Little Red Riding Hood“. Guest performance in Brussels „The Ring of  the Nibelung“, in autumn: first tour to China.

History of the Building and Auditorium

In 1893, the old-established Kaltenhausen brewery built "a restaurant and function-rooms" in the Schwarzstrasse, between the Lasser Villa (now the Mozarteum) and the theatre. The architect was Carl Demel, the master builder Valentin Ceconi. In 1897 these function-rooms were converted to the Mirabell Hotel. After World War II the Mirabell Casino was the principal tenant until 1968. Conversion work began in 1970, in order to give the Marionette Theatre a new playhouse. The former dining-room of the Mirabell Hotel was converted into an auditorium with a stage, and its rich decoration of stucco and frescoes is still impressive. There was similar stucco-work, though not quite so opulent, in the foyer, but unfortunately in the course of the 1970/71 conversion it was covered by a plasterboard ceiling. The stucco ceiling underneath was forgotten, to be rediscovered in 2000 when repairs were being carried out. In 2003 the foyer was restored to its original condition.


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Salzburger Marionettentheater

Schwarzstraße 24, A 5020 Salzburg

T (+43 662) 87 24 06, F (+43 662) 88 21 41, M
Abgerufen am: 25.09.2018