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Founded in 1963 by the Austrian director Franz Schafranek and his American wife, Ruth Brinkmann, an actress and graduate of the Yale University School of Drama, Vienna's English Theatre is the oldest English-language theatre in Continental Europe.Originally intended as a summer theatre for English-speaking tourists, it won immediate acceptance by the Viennese public and extended its initial season to offer a year-round schedule.

After opening in a 99-seat playhouse in the Erzherzog Karl Palace in central Vienna, the theatre moved several times to accommodate its growing audience over the next ten years.

With about 5000 subscribers, Vienna's English Theatre has become an integral part of Vienna's theatrical life, offering year-round productions of English and American classics, thrillers, comedies and farces as well as contemporary works.