Theater in Vienna 1900 [Details]


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Theater in Vienna at the turn of the century was linked to a lifestyle of aesthetic and dramatic self-representation. By the end of the nineteenth century the Viennese displayed more genuine enthusiasm for the theater than did their counterparts in other European cities. Authors such as Arthur Schnitzler and Hugo von Hofmannsthal wrote plays that are still popular and part of the theatrical repertoire. The Burgtheater was conceived in early Baroque style. The ceiling of its grand staircase was decorated by Gustav Klimt in 1886-88 with scenes celebrating the unity of theater and society. Across the Wienzeile stood one of the oldest centers of popular theater, the Theater an der Wien, where Johann Strauss's operettas were performed.