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#1489 Burgtheater (Imperial Court Theatre) Auditorium - Vienna (Austria)

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The stage of the Burgtheater (Imperial Court Theatre) is one of the biggest theatre stages in the world. The stage portal is 12 metres (39 ft) wide, the main stage is about 29 metres wide (94 ft), 23 metres (75 ft) deep and 28 metres (92 ft) 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 and four hydraulic lifts. 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.

The Burgtheater (Imperial Court Theatre), originally known as "K.K. Theater an der Burg", then until 1918 as the "K.K. Hofburgtheater", is the Austrian National Theatre in Vienna and one of the most important German language theatres in the world. The Burgtheater was created in 1741 and has become known as "die Burg" by the Viennese population; its theatre company of more or less regular members has created a traditional style and speech typical of Burgtheater performances. On 12 March 1945 the Burgtheater was largely destroyed in a bombing raid and one month later on 12 April 1945 it was further damaged by a fire of unknown origin. After the war, the theatre was restored between 1953 and 1955.
The classic Burgtheater style and the Burgtheater-German language were trend-setting for German language theatres.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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