International Theatre

Das Theater wurde geschlossen !

The International Theatre is permanently closed !

An American theater owned and operated by Americans, with mainly American plays staged and acted by Americans, right near the heart of old Vienna. Like countless musical hopefuls before and since, Cleveland's Marilyn Close and Denver's Bill Wallace, both experienced singers, were drawn to the culturally rich old city on the Danube by its traditions and continuing name as music capital of Europe.

The first performance took place in Graz in November 1974, "Blithe Spirit" by Noel Coward. It was also shown in January 1976 under the auspices of the Austro-American-Society in the America House Vienna. There, for a few months each year, they had a pretty theater at their disposal. When the America House closed down they continued to play in the provinces. This vagabond existence lasted for nearly three years, from 1975 until the middle of 1977. From July 1977 until February 1979 they settled down at the Glasergasse.

On January 14, 1980 the International Theatre at its new home in the Porzellangasse was opened with "The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds" by Paul Zindel.

When the Wallaces celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of IT and the tenth anniversary of their location in the Porzellangasse in 1990, it became evident that they had no intentions of resting on their laurels. Just a few steps away they found a cellar in the Serviten-Church and converted the basement into a theater they christend "Fundus". The opening took place on May 22, 1990 with "Night Mother" by Marsha Norman.

The 25th anniversary season 1999 / 2000 brought back some of the successes like "Blithe Spirit", "A Christmas Carol" and "The Mousetrap".