Ferdinand von Schirach

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Ferdinand von Schirach

continues his successful tour with his play REGEN 2024/25

Director: Elmar Goerden

 

Ferdinand von Schirach's new book REGEN was published in 2023 - and went straight to number 1 on the bestseller list. A story that Ferdinand von Schirach has been presenting as a monologue on stage since October 2023: A man comes soaking wet out of the rain into a bar - onto the stage - and talks about the great and the terrible of our time, about human dignity, the Loneliness, love, loss and failure.

 

The piece quickly became a huge hit with audiences. Since the premiere in the sold-out Philharmonie Berlin, more than 35,000 guests have seen best-selling author Ferdinand von Schirach perform his own text on stage as an actor for the first time. In just a few weeks he completed 21 performances in 17 cities. Almost all dates were sold out. The enormous popularity and continued high demand prompted Ferdinand von Schirach to give further additional performances in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 2024 and 2025.

 

The Spiegel called Ferdinand von Schirach a “great storyteller,” the New York Times an “extraordinary stylist,” the Independent compared him to Kafka and Kleist, the Financial Times to Raymond Carver, and the Daily Telegraph wrote that he was “one of the most distinctive Voices of European Literature«. His books have been made into films many times and have become international bestsellers that have sold millions of copies. They appeared in more than forty countries. His plays Terror and God are among the most successful and most discussed contemporary dramas worldwide.

Since the theater monologue was published in August 2023, REGEN (Luchterhand Literaturverlag) has sold over 150,000 copies in all editions.

 

Ferdinand von Schirach's REGEN is a play that is as courageous as it is very personal, a play on the border between stage character and author. The director is Elmar Goerden.

Program and cast

Wiener Konzerthaus

The Wiener Konzerthaus ( Vienna Concert House or Hall) is one of the largest and most artistically progressive institutions in international musical life. During the course of a season, which extends from September to June, some 750 wide-ranging events take place and more than 600,000 visitors can listen to around 2,500 different compositions. With this comprehensive and varied selection, the Wiener Konzerthaus – together with the Vienna State Opera House and the Musikverein – is central to Vienna’s reputation as one of the world’s leading music capitals.

From its earliest days, the Wiener Konzerthaus has held the highest cultural aims and artistic mission: «To act as a venue for the cultivation of fine music, as a meeting point for artistic endeavour, as a home for music and a cultural centre for Vienna». It was in this spirit that the Konzerthaus was inaugurated on 19 October 1913 with a festive concert attended by Emperor Francis Joseph I. To mark the occasion, Richard Strauss wrote the «Festliches Präludium op. 61», which was followed by Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. This programme combination, comprising a contemporary work and a masterpiece from the past, served as a model for the Wiener Konzerthaus’s future direction: today, too, an awareness of tradition and the joys of innovation form the main pillars of the Konzerthaus’s artistic identity.

 

Access to the Wiener Konzerthaus

Public transport:
Short walk from the U4 Stadtpark Station: 10 min walk from the U4/U1 Karlsplatz Station, or take the 4A bus.

From the tram and bus stops at Schwarzenbergplatz, accessed by D, 2 & 71 trams and 3A & 4A buses. The 4a bus stop is at Hotel Am Konzerthaus.

Taxi:
The nearest taxi stands are at the Hotel Intercontinental in the Johannesgasse and at Hotel Am Konzerthaus on the Heumarkt.

Restaurants next to:

Gmoakeller

Hotels in immediate vicinity:

Hotel am Konzerthaus and Intercontinental

 

Great Hall

In the heart of the building (which consists of more than 600 rooms) lies the Konzerthaus’s flagship, the Grosser Saal (Great Hall). Designed with a sense of space and classical balance, its stage has provided the setting for many memorable concerts over the years. In this room, artists, audiences and atmosphere blend into a harmonious triad.


Home to world-famous orchestras, virtuoso soloists, renowned conductors and legendary jazz musicians, the Great Hall can accommodate an audience of 1,800 and offers the perfect venue for a wide variety of musical activity. The Great Hall has emerged from the major renovation with renewed splendour and, despite improvements in technical installation and audience comfort has continued to conserve its original elegance. Its unique atmosphere ideally lends itself to the broad range of artistic activities offered by the Vienna Konzerthaus.

 

 

Mozart Hall

Open and relaxing, welcoming and intimate, with its incomparable appeal, the Mozart Hall constitutes a jewel of international musical life. The perfect setting for all types of chamber music, from lute and Lieder recitals to string quartets and chamber orchestras, it can accommodate an audience of around 700 – an ideal size in which to experience the intimacy of chamber music and recital performances.

The Mozart Hall enjoys world-wide acclaim on account of its unique acoustics. This distinction makes it a top favourite with leading ensembles and soloists – as well as a popular venue for recordings. This was taken into account during the major renovation of the building: as with all other rooms in the Konzerthaus, the Mozart Hall is directly linked to a recording studio and a technical control room.



 

Schubert Hall

With its festive character, the Schubert-Saal presents the perfect model of a music salon, the restored use of the windows follwing the renovation having returned the room to its elegant, airy appearance.

Equipped with around 320 seats, it lends itself to a wide range of chamber-music concerts, as well as to receptions, dinners and lectures. It is home to the popular lunchtime concert series, as well as to events which enable promising young musicians to experience a professional concert stage. Many a musical career has been launched in the Schubert Hall of the Vienna Konzerthaus.
 

Seating capacity: 320
Auditorium: 240 m²
Podium: 50 m²

 

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