Welcome to the Ronacher
Find your best way to us at the Ronacher:
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:
- Tram 2 (Weihburggasse)
- U1 and U3 (Stephansplatz)
- U4 (Stadtpark)
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 Ronacher is stored as a point of interest - simply plan your fastest route:
You can park here:
- Short-term parking zones in the 1st 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 bought at any tobacconist. More information
- If you are attending an evening performance, take advantage of the convenient parking in the Cobdengasse 2 parking garage for a relaxed visit to the theatre. There you can park - just a 5-minute walk from the RONACHER - from 5pm on the day of the performance until 7am the following day at the reduced cultural rate of €5.90. The VBW discount card (valid only for the Cobdengasse parking garage) can be obtained from the RONACHER box office as well as from the audience service desk on the ground floor of the RONDEAU during the intermission and after the performance. In order to take advantage of the discount, you must in any case pull a parking ticket when entering the underground car park! If you attend an afternoon performance, you will receive a discount ticket at the theatre box office in the RONACHER, which allows you to park from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a 30% reduction.
- Wheelchair access: Parking space at Seilerstätte 9 (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 hours before the beginning of the performance, usually from 18:00 hrs.
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.
- Capacity: ca. 1.000 seats
- Season: All-year, max. 7 or 8 performances per week, no performances on Mondays
- Proscenium Arch: Width 11.8 m, max. height 9 m
- Stage: Depth 15 m, rear stage 10 m
Cylindrical revolving stage, diameter 12 m, stage lift 12 x 3 m
- Grid Height: 21 m, 69 hoists
- Orchestra Pit: max. 60 musicians
- Lighting Fixtures: Lighting console: 2 x GrandMA, 500 dimmers, 60 moving lights, 240 conventional spots, 5 follow spots
- Projection Facilities: 2 Projectors 12000 Lumen, 1 Media-Server/Manager Pandorras Box
- Sound Production Console: Salzbrenner Stagetec Aurus, Digital mixing console with 224 Inputs, 176 Outputs and 128 Mix Buses
At the Ronacher 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 Ronacher. 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.
- Weihburggasse (tram 2) – approx. 190m away
- Stadtpark (U4) – approx. 450m away
- Stephansplatz (U1, U3) - approx. 650m away
- Disabled parking in Seilerstätte 9
- Parkgarage Cobdengasse 2 (approx. 350m away) at a reduced theatre rate for Ronacher visitors.
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 Ronacher 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:
ROCK ME AMADEUS - DAS FALCO MUSICAL
Middle stalls, rows 18 to 24
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 RONACHER is equipped with a surtitling system. The system is located to the left and right of the stage.
ROCK ME AMADEUS - THE FALCO MUSICAL
The buffet is open for you before the performance and during the intermission. To avoid waiting times during the intermission, you can place your order before the performance.
The founding years
RONACHER, found in inner-city Vienna, was built by the architects Ferdinand Fellner d. Ä. und Ferdinand Fellner d. J between 1871 and 1872 as a private Ltd. for journalist Max Friedländerand the former “Burgtheater” Director Heinrich Laube. As a "Viennese City Theatre", it appealed to a broad middle-class audience and directly competed with the Imperial Court theatres of the day.
Its official opening was on the 15th September 1872 with Heinrich Laubes rendition of Friedrich Schillers Demetrius.
Twelve years later, on the 15th May 1884 the theatre went up in flames. Re-opening as a theatre was no longer possible due to new enforced fire regulations.
In 1886 Anton Ronacher bought the ruined theatre, once again allowing Ferdinand Fellner d. J. and his partner Hermann Helmer, the most successful theatre designers of the time, to redesign the theatre - converting it into a Concert Hall and Ballroom. To this new building, intended as a Vaudeville or Variety Theatre, Anton Ronacher had a hotel connecting to the ballroom proper and was by this stage also able to build in electric lighting.
In 1888, the theatre was reopened as the RONACHER ESTABLISHMENT.
Elaborated stage machinery was waived at this stage as to the future use, instead Parquet flooring and lodge benches were placed where guests could eat, drink and smoke while enjoying the performances. After a short two years however, Anton Ronacher was forced to resign due to economic reasons.
From 1890, performances from powerful personalities and athletes attracted large numbers of visitors from the outlying suburbs, which in turn urged the big bourgeois and aristocratic audience to follow suit. Throughout the following years the typical vaudeville variety programme including operettas, was generously mixed with guest performances, dance and vocal soloists. For years, dancers, magicians, acrobats and illusionists dominated the theatre. On of the highlights of this period was the appearance of Josephine Baker in 1932. The 30's marked the end of the variety theatre in RONACHER, mainly due to the banning of performances by Jewish artists.
After the war, the stage was used as a substitute for the destroyed "Burgtheater" from 1955 until 1960, once again performing variety theatre. In 1960 RONACHER was closed. The ORF then took over the building as Studio and rehearsal stage space but abandoned the building once more in 1976.
10 long years drew by before Cagliostro in Vienna and the Vienna Festival Events took the first steps towards a revival of the theatre in 1986.
Arrival of Musical Theatre
In 1987 VEREINIGTE BÜHNEN WIEN took over RONACHER with the intention to revitalise the theatre once more. From 1988 until 1990, Cats, acquired from THEATER AN DER WIEN, as well as two Opera Premiers filled the stage.
After a soft renovation in 1993, RONACHER was reopened and leased. From September 1997 however, it once more joined the ranks of the VBW and served primarily as a guest performance house for international touring productions, as an event location and occasionally as a venue for VBW's own productions such as Chicago and F@lco - A Cyber Show.
The new RONACHER
Between 2005 and 2008, a comprehensive functional renovation of RONACHER took place.
This project, budgeted at 34,1 Million Euro, was based on plans from "Architektur Consult ZT GmbH" and carried out by Prof. DI Günther Domenig and DI Gerhard Wallner.
Deputy Mayor Mag. Renate Brauner, in the company of Federal President Dr. Heinz Fischer and City Councillor Dr. Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, officially reopened RONACHER with the Gala Premier of The Producers on the 30th June 2008. Today RONACHER is once again one of the "pearls" of the Vienna theatre scene.
In September 2009, RONACHER celebrated the first Viennese Version Premier of the Cult-Musical TANZ DER VAMPIRE.
From 15th September 2011 until the end of 2012, Musical-Hit SISTER ACT was to be seen in RONACHER. NATÜRLICH BLOND celebrated its Premier on 21st February 2013 followed by LOVE NEVER DIES, the continuation of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA as concert version, from 18th till the 26th October.
DER BESUCH DER ALTEN DAME, based on the play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt and with musical stars Pia Douwes and Uwe Kroeger in leading roles, filled the schedule between February and June of 2014.
Since 1st October 2014, the Broadway Musical MARY POPPINS, about the Banks Family and their spectacular nanny, has enchanted RONACHER's audiences.
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ROCK ME AMADEUS – THE FALCO MUSICAL
A homage to the exceptional Austrian artist
Take a look behind the scenes
17.10.2023 - 30.06.2024
VBW MUSICAL KIDS CLUB
Sing, Dance, Act (7-12 years)