Ronacher – Musicals and theatre

Vienna‘s newest musical stage, founded as the “Wiener Stadttheater”

Today, the venue between Himmelpfortgasse, Seilerstätte, and Schellinggasse is an attractive stage for urban musical theatre. Together with the Theater an der Wien and the Raimund Theater, it is a performance venue for the United Stages Vienna (VBW) and is almost 100% owned by the city itself.

Außenansicht des Theater Ronacher
Theatre, Ronacher establishment CC-BY-SA 4.0 Thomas Ledl/Wikimedia

Ronacher – Vienna City Theatre

In 1872, the Ronacher, founded as the Wiener Stadttheater (Vienna City Theatre), was envisioned as the counterpart of the imperial court theatres and aimed to attract its main audience from the Viennese bourgeoisie. However, shortly after its opening, it completely burned down and was rebuilt by a certain Anton Ronacher in 1886. The new Ronacher was an establishment where people could smoke, drink, and eat, and until the 1930s, the stage played host to classic variety theatre, where magicians and acrobats would showcase their artistic skills.

After the Second World War, it was replaced by the Burgtheater, which had been completely destroyed, but afterwards, it was forgotten. It was not until 1987, that it was resurrected by the VBW using it as a change of venue for the successful CATS show.

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Audience hall in the Ronacher © VBW / Paul Ott

Nowadays, it not only uses state-of-the-art equipment, but it is also regarded as the latest musical stage.

Musicals – Productions from recent years

In 2009, the new Viennese edition of the cult musical Dance of the Vampires had its premiere. From September 2011 to the end of 2012, the musical Sister Act took to the stage. In February 2013, the Legally Blonde musical was premiered. The new version of The Phantom of the Opera, Love never dies was shown in October 2013, and for the first half of 2014, Der Besuch der alten Dame, based on the play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, was performed and featured musical stars Pia Douwes and Uwe Kröger in the lead roles.

From October 2014 to January 2016, audiences were wowed by the Broadway musical Mary Poppins, which was followed by cult musicals Evita and Don Camillo & Peppone, as well as a return of Dance of the Vampires.

360-degree view of the hall

How to reach the musical centre

Address: Seilerstätte 9, 1010 Vienna
Public transport: 
Tram line 2, station: Weihburggasse,
underground lines U1 and U3, station: Stephansplatz or U4, station: Stadtpark.

Further information on the current musical events