Vienna´s first musical theatre
Welcome to the Raimund Theater
Find your best way to us at the Raimund Theater:
On foot through the city, quickly by bike and reliably by public transport!
You can reach us with the following Wiener Linien public transport services:
- U3 (Westbahnhof)
- U6 (Gumpendorfer Straße)
- U4 (Margaretengürtel)
- Bus 57A (Gumpendorfer Straße)
- Tram 6 and 18 (Gumpendorfer Straße)
- Tram 5, 9, 52 and 60 (Westbahnhof)
Further alternative forms of mobility such as WienMobil Rad, WienMobil Hüpfer or WienMobil Auto can be found here:
Further information on travelling by train can be found here:
How to reach us on foot, by bike and by (e-)scooter
In most navigation systems the Raimund Theater is stored as a point of interest - simply plan your fastest route:
You can park here:
- Short-term parking zones in the 6th district, as well as all other districts in Vienna: Monday to Friday (workdays) from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Parking vouchers can be purchased at tobacconists. More information.
- Low-cost parking with the KULTUR-RABATT Nachsteckkarte (at the reduced theatre rate of € 5.50) in the APCOA-Garage Mariahilfer Platzl (Mariahilferstraße 123, 1060 Vienna - the garage entrance can only be reached from the junction Mariahilferstraße to Millergasse): valid on the day of the performance from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. the following day - if you attend an afternoon performance at the weekend, you will receive a discount ticket with which you can also park in the APCOA-GARAGE Mariahilfer Platzl from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a flat rate of € 5.50. The KULTUR-RABATT Nachsteckkarte is available from the audience service at the theatre box office in the RAIMUND THEATER before the performance and from the souvenir stand in the basement during the interval and after the performance. In order to take advantage of the discount, a parking ticket must be taken out when entering the underground car park in any case. The parking garage is only a 5-minute walk from the RAIMUND THEATER. Charging stations for electric cars are available. (subject to change!)
- Wheelchair access: Parking in Mittelgasse (with barrier-free entrance).
- Tour Buses: Information on boarding and alighting points, parking spaces and many other useful tips can be found at Bus Wien Info.
Monday through Sunday 14:00 – 18:00
Public holidays on performance days 14:00 – 18:00
Evening box office:
1,5 hour before the start of the performance
Sunday from 12:30, as the performance begins at 14:00
The theater opens 45 minutes before the performance starts and the auditorium 30 minutes before the performance begins.
We kindly ask you to arrive at the theater early in order to avoid waiting situations.
At the Raimund Theater we would like to give all guests the opportunity to experience musicals without restrictions.
We have reserved wheelchair spaces with a good view in the Raimund Theater. Please book them ideally up to one week before the performance so that we can prepare the auditorium accordingly. We will of course endeavour to accommodate requests at short notice up to the day of the performance.
For safety reasons, we can only provide wheelchair seating in the stalls for guests in wheelchairs who are unable to leave the auditorium or the building independently in an emergency.
Wheelchair seats cost EUR 10 per performance.
The accompanying person receives a 50% discount on the ticket price of the chosen category.
Wheelchair spaces can be booked by telephone (Wien Ticket Call Center: +43/1/58885-111) or in person at the VBW box offices & at the Wien Ticket Pavillon next to the State Opera:
On site at the theatre:
Here the audience service welcomes you and personally accompanies you to your seats. Our staff will be happy to give you further information about the theatre's infrastructure. All our wheelchair spaces are in different categories in the stalls with a good view.
- Mariahilfer Gürtel (tram 6/18) - approx. 170m away
- Gumpendorfer Straße (U6, tram 6/18, bus 57A) - approx. 250m away
- Disabled parking in Mittelgasse
- APCOA car park Mariahilfer Straße 123 (450m away) at a reduced theatre rate for Raimund Theater visitors.
- The outdoor area of the Raimund Theater is easily passable and accessible, the swinging door opens automatically and offers sufficient space for wheelchair passage.
The auditorium is accessible without steps and offers sufficient space for movement. The WC is also accessible without steps and is equipped with grab rails, a washbasin that can be reached underneath, soap and towel dispensers and an emergency call system.
If you are using walking aids (e.g. walking stick, rollator, crutches, etc.), please inform us in advance so that we can make your visit as pleasant and safe as possible.
Induction system for people with hearing aids
We would also like to give people with hearing aids the opportunity to attend our musical productions at the Raimund Theater undisturbed. That is why our auditorium is equipped with an inductive hearing system. This transmits the stage sound directly to our visitors' hearing aids and effectively suppresses background noise and reverberation. All information reaches the ears of the audience completely undistorted.
Please note that reception is only possible in the predefined seating area and book the appropriate seats to use the system:
Middle stalls, rows 4, 5, 7 to 12
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Middle stalls, rows 3, 4, 6 to 11
How does the system work?
An induction loop enables wireless, interference-free reception of audio signals. The induction loop can be thought of as a wire loop that is placed around the predefined seating area. Here, the useful signal is transmitted directly into the hearing system by means of a magnetic field.
Simple activation of the telecoil in your own hearing aid or CI speech processor
In order to receive this signal, it is necessary to set your system to the appropriate reception mode: To use an inductive hearing system, the hearing aid is switched to T or M/T.
The RAIMUND THEATER is equipped with a surtitling system. The system is located to the left and right of the stage.
The founding years
In the year of 1890, a group of Viennese joined together to create a "Viennese popular theatre club" outside the city centre. This was designed for a wide circle of visitors, especially from the "lower classes". At highly reduced, affordable prices one could view patriotic folk tales, both told and sung, join in singing games and experience relevant works all in the field of folk music.
Designed by the architect Franz Roth, the RAIMUND THEATER was finally opened on the 28th November 1893 with Ferdinand Raimund's - the namesake of honour - rarely performed magical play The tethered imagination.
As the first director, writer and critic Adam Müller-Guttenbrunn worked effectively until 1896 in the championing of the idea of a theater for the people, thereby making a name for himself through the nurturing of Viennese folk works. His aim was to establish the new house as a theatrical stage for these classical folk plays. A counterpart to the court’s Burgtheater on the one hand and for light entertainment and variety on the other. Even in the early years, big stage stars were to be seen at RAIMUND THEATER including "the" Eleonora Duse, Adele Sandrock, Alexander Girardi and the later world-famous Max Reinhardt.
The Operetta Theatre
Around the turn of the century, the Viennese public’s favour turned increasingly towards the operetta. Spoken theatre was barely able to lure an audience into the house. This development forced the operators of the theatre eventually to lease to a consortium, to which - among others - Wilhelm Karczag belonged. Having already leased the “Theater an der Wien” and the “Stadttheater” meant that he essentially held all of the Viennese operettas in his hands. 1908 thereby marks the move to Operetta within the RAIMUND THEATER.
The success was so overwhelming that some performances were often played for months en-suite. Operettas subsequently dominated the Schedule, works by Johann Strauss, Robert Stolz – whose Premier of The Glücksmädel was performed in RAIMUND THEATER, 1910 - ,and other composers of the time were seen. The greatest success however was celebrated with The House of three girls based on themes by Franz Schubert, with over 1200 performances from 1916-1927.
It was not until the later, 1921-1924, under director Rudolf Beer that theatrical spoken pieces were once again increasing performed at RAIMUND THEATER. Having been spared from destruction during the war of bombs, the theatre was able to immediately operate once again after the war and opened with The House of three girls on the 25th April 1945.
In 1948, Rudolf Marik took over as Director of the RAIMUND THEATER for a period of almost 30 years, during which time he built up its reputation as being the only internationally recognized stage within the German-speaking world that played solely operettas. The biggest stars of the genre, including Marika Rokk, Zarah Leander and Johannes Heesters performed here as well as some famous actors, such as Hansi Niese, Paula Wessely, Attila Hoerbiger and Karl Skraup who began their great careers here.
Home of Musical Theatre
It was not until 1976 that RAMINUD THEATER began occasionally adding musicals to its repertoire, such as Kurt Weills’ Lady in the Dark. Between 1984 and 1985 RAIMUND THEATER was renovated. In 1987, it was incorporated into the VBW and has since become a well-established venue for large musical productions.
A Chorus Line, was the very first Broadway hit to be performed at the RAIMUND THEATER from 16th October 1987 until 1st July 1988. Thereafter, Les Misérables followed from 15th September 1988 until 31st March 1990, with Andrew Lloyd Webbers Phantom of the Opera close on its heels from 9th June 1990 until 30th June 1993. From 28th September 1995 until 29th June 1997 the first ever Disney production filled the stage with the spectacular musical, Beauty and the Beast.
On the 4th October 1997 Roman Polanskis Musical version of his Cult Film from the 60’s, TANZ DER VAMPIRE (Dance of the Vampires) celebrated its opening night. By 15th January 2000, more than 800.000 visitors had appreciated the internationally acclaimed musical in RAIMUND THEATER.
From 3rd March 2000 until 14th January 2001, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was performed, followed by the new version of the legendary Hippy Musical Hair from 10 March 2001 until 30 June 2002. On 29th September 2002 Rainhard Fendrich & Harold Faltermayer witnessed the opening night of their first Musical Wake Up! which ran until 1st January 2004. From 11th March 2004 until 1st January 2005 Dave Stewarts Barbarella followed as the next production. On 24th February 2005, the first german version of Romeo and Juliette was performed. The spectacular musical version of Shakespeare’s romantic drama ran until 8th July 2006, followed by the opening night of Michael Kunzes & Sylvester Levays Rebecca on 28th September 2006. For half a year from early 2008, the Queen Musical, We will rock you was our guest of honour only to be followed once more from September through to 30th December 2008 by the return of the World-class musical, Rebecca. On the 26th February 2009 Rudolf – Affaire Mayerling performed its first ever premier.
On 17th March 2010 the opening night of ICH WAR NOCH NIEMALS IN NEW YORK took place at the Raimund Theater. The famous musical ELISABETH celebrated its acclaimed premiere on 5th September 2012 on the occaison of the 20th anniversary and was on the program until 1st February 2014. On 14th March 2014 MAMMA MIA!, a musical comedy with 22 of ABBA’s greatest hits, celebrated its opening night. On 24th September 2015 the successful musical MOZART! returned to the place of its origin, Vienna. The world premiere of SCHIKANEDER - the turbulent love story behind the magic flute took place on 30th September 2016 and was on stage at the Raimund Theater until June 2017. On 16th September 16 the successful production I AM FROM AUSTRIA celebrated its world premiere in Vienna with the greatest hits by Rainhard Fendrich and was on the program until June 2019. Then the renovation and modernization of the Raimund Theater started. In the 2021/22 muscial season, MISS SAIGON, Cameron Mackintosh’s global smash hit production, will be in Vienna for the first time and can be experienced in the newly renovated Raimund Theater.
Due to the great success, extended until January 2024!
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Raimund Theater Backstage
Take a look behind the scenes
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16.09.2023 - 06.01.2024
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece from March 2024 at the Raimund Theater
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