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Theater located at Neustiftgasse 1 in Vienna's 7th district (Neubau), close to the Natural History Museum, the Austrian Ministry of Justice, and the Museums Quarter. From 1945, the theater was renamed simply "Volkstheater Wien."

The theater was founded in 1889 to present not only works from the classical repertory but also works by such contemporary playwrights as Hermann Bahr, André Gide, Gerhard Hauptmann, Henrik Ibsen, Maurice Maeterlinck, George Bernard Shaw, Arthur Schnitzler and Franz Wedekind. It was in this theater that Richard Strauss's opera Salome received its first Vienna performance on May 15, 1907.

Schenker certainly attended performances of Shaw's Man and Superman on May 1, 1907, Strauss's Salome on May 25, 1907, Hauptmann's Florian Geyer on June 1, 1907, three one-act plays by Johann Nestroy on October 3, 1912, Shaw's Saint Joan on March 27, 1925, and Hofmannsthal's Jedermann on November 7, 1929. His interest in the plays of Ibsen, Shaw, Wedekind, Schnitzler and others, on which he wrote short literary essays in his diaries, suggests that he was a not infrequent attender of the theater.


  • Ian Bent