Like the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, the Vienna Volkstheater was built by the architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer. Since its foundation, it has been a stage for protagonists, stories and forms of expression of middle-class provenance. Today, too, the Volkstheater sees itself as a place for the city and the people who live in it: Contemporary and re-read drama, border crossings between performing and visual arts and digitality. Lectures and discussion events, communication and dialogue with the visitors expand the program and make the Volkstheater a space for the debates of the present.
In addition to the main building in the 7th district, the Volkstheater also has other venues: The Volx in Margarethen and the Volkstheater in the districts.
Red Bar and Darkroom
The Volkstheater is also home to the Rote Bar (Red Bar), which has had a firm place in Viennese cultural life for years, and the Dunkelkammer (Darkroom): located directly under the roof, this venue was known for a long time as the Plafond and the Schwarzer Salon (Black Saloon). Now, as the Dunkelkammer, it becomes a space for analog and digital experiments.
Closed from January 2020 due to renovation (theater procuctions move to different locations, see website).