The Raimundtheater is Vienna’s largest musical stage and named after the great Austrian actor and dramatician Ferdinand Raimund. Together with Johann Nestroy he was the proponent of the Old Viennese People’s Theater and regularly managed to place criticism of the policies of Chancellor Prince Metternich not noticed by governmental censorship.
For many years, the Raimundtheater was also an important stage - in addition to the Volksoper - for the Viennese Oerette. From the Theater an der Wien - which is now re-recorded with opera - the musicals were relocated to the Ronacher and especially the Raimundtheater. Thus, since the opening in 1893, not only numerous operettas premiered, but there were also many premieres of in-house productions of Vereinigte Bühnen Wien, e.g. “Dance of the Vampires”, “Rebecca”, “Schikaneder” or recently “I am from Austria” by Rainhard Fendrich. Numerous other popular musicals were performed there, e.g. “A Chorus Line”, “Les Miséérables”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Mamma Mia!”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Ich war noch niemals in New York” by Udo Jürgens as well as original musicals as “Elisabeth” and “Mozart!”.