Die Orestie

The Orestie of Aeschylus is the only complete tragedy epilogy of ancient Greek theater. Revenge is the predominant theme of the blood-impregnated first two parts. In the first part Agamemnon, ruler of Argos, returns after ten years from the Trojan War. There is a curse on his house. The father and his brother, Atreus and Thyestes, have slaughtered their own children and tried to deceive the gods. Agamemnon himself sacrificed his daughter Iphigenia to the goddess Artemis. His wife, Klytaimestra, lives in adultery with Aigisthos. She murdered the returning Agamemnon in the bath and with him Cassandra, his war booty and daughter of Priam. In the second part, the Choeophoren, their son Orest takes revenge for the death of the father. He killed Aigisthos and his mother Klytaimestra. In the third part, the Eumenides, Aeschylus leaves the myth that has been handed down since Homer. The goddess Pallas Athene puts an end to the mechanism of killing, referring the case of the Orestes to a new institution she introduced, a court consisting of the citizens of Athens.

The director Antú Romero Nunes tells The Orestie with seven actresses from the perspective of the Erinians, who forced Pallas Athene to abandon their primitive function as revenge goddesses in favor of a new role as a benevolent Eumenides recognizing the democratic new legal order.

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April 2019


The stage of the Burgtheater is one of the biggest theatre stages in the world. The stage portal is 12m wide, the main stage is 28,5m wide, 23m deep and 28m high. At the opening in 1888 the stage technology was already innovatory and has been modernized on many occasions. During the reconstruction after World War II, which was accomplished in 1955, a stage equipment was installed that is still revolutionary today. The revolving stage consists of a rotating cylinder (15m high, 21m diameter) and four hydraulic lifts (12 x 4 m each). With the help of this technical features the scenery can be changed within 40 seconds. It is the biggest automatic and computer controlled stagesystem in Europe.
The Burgtheater auditorium holds 1175 seats, it has standing room for 84 visitors and 12 places for disabled visitors.

Apart from the stage-art the Burgtheater plays an important part in architecture and interior design of the 19th century in Vienna. The magnificent decoration, especially the two imperial staircases painted by Gustav Klimt, his brother Ernst Klimt and their companion Franz Matsch as well as the main foyer and the many statues, busts and paintings of famous writers and actors can be visited during our dailyguided tour. 

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