William Shakespeare

Burg Surtitled

German speaking performances with English surtitles / Vorstellungen mit englischer Übertitelung

Starting with season 2017/18 we will offer English surtitles for selected performances at the Burgtheater and Akademietheater. / Ab der Spielzeit 2017/2018 werden ausgewählte Vorstellungen im Burg- und Akademietheater in englischer Übertitelung angeboten.

At the Burgtheater

The Crucible

by Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller wrote his play during the infamous McCarthy era: The depicted events from the year 1692 could not be more relevant today. Miller shows the abyss of a theocracy: religious delusion, bigotry, hatred, ruthless greed and profit-mindedness. Riveting production by Martin Kušej.

Die Orestie

by Aeschylus

Revenge is the predominant theme of this trilogy of ancient Greek tragedies by Aeschylus — but in the last part, Goddess Pallas Athene puts an end to the mechanics of killing and helps give birth to Democracy. Director Antú Romero Nunes narrates the Oresteia in a compact and thrilling version with seven actresses from the perspective of the Furies.

Eines langen Tages Reise in die Nacht
Long Day's Journey Into Night 

by Eugene O'Neill

Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning play recounts one day in the life of the Tryone family in a seaside town in Connecticut. Andrea Breth dissects O’Neill’s semi-autobiographical tragedy of a family trapped in a nightmare of addiction, alcohol and hopelessness.

At the Akademietheater


by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Coriolanus is a highly topical political thriller about the abuse of power, war, and the people’s rebellion. What happens when the power of the people meets political populism? How far shall Democracy go — what are the rulers’ limits?

Die Geburtstagsfeier
The Birthday Party

by Harold Pinter

In Harold Pinter’s sinister comedy, violence invades a solidly bourgeois environment and threatens to destroy it. Fear and menace are no longer clear-cut. Andrea Breth rediscovers Pinter’s play, working with great precision and an excellent cast.

Ein europäisches Abendmahl
A European Supper

by Nino Haratischwili, Elfriede Jelinek, Terézia Mora, Sofi Oksanen

Women writers Nino Haratischwili, Elfriede Jelinek, Terézia Mora and Sofi Oksanen have created female characters for this production, reflecting on the situation of present-day Europe. Not a pseudo-feminist manifesto, but a subjective, at times sarcastic comment on the discourse of domination and an inventory of today’s rapidly changing Europe — before the table might be cleared forever.


by Samuel Beckett

‘Finished, it’s finished, nearly finished, it must be nearly finished.’ This is how the game begins. Nearly, Beckett says, is one of the key words in his texts. It is nearly finished, it is nearly all a game, poetry, not a view of the world but a parody of one.

Four characters: Nell, the mother, Nagg, the father, Hamm, their son – and Clov. The characters are defective: Nell and Nagg without legs, Hamm blind and lamed, Clov unable to sit down. The play itself is designed to be perfect: ‘No, there are no coincidences in Endgame, everything is built on analogies and repetitions’, according to Beckett the director. The whole thing is a battle; for love, for contact, power, for one’s own biography, the language too.

At the Kasino

europa flieht nach europa
europa escapes to europe

a dramatic poem in a series of tableaus
by Miroslava Svolikova

A simultaneously contemporary and timeless text, this is a narrative about European self-assurance and self-estrangement. What does a continent dream of? At first, of a fulfilled Utopia, that contains justice, equality and peace. But what follows? Colonization, Christianization, class struggles, and wars over and over again. Miroslava Svolikova presents the chronology of our continental history as a farce.

Upcoming surtitled performances


For a perfect view of the surtitles please choose central seats in our venue Burgtheater, starting with Parkett Row 3.
We do not recommend our Cercle Rows or Parkett Rows 1 and 2.

In our venue Akademietheater please book central seats.
We do not recommend to buy side seats.

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