FESTSPIELE REICHENAU is a top-ranking AUSTRIAN THEATRE-FESTIVAL.
Founded in 1988 by PETER and RENATE LOIDOLT and since then successfully directed by them.
In the first years only a well kept secret for theatre-enthusiasts, the festival has expanded and counts nowadays more than 42.000 visitors within a five-week-period between July and August.
The festival-performances are mostly theatre-plays in German language.
Plays from Austrian writers who lived around 1900 and had a strong connection to the famous summer-resort-area around the village of Reichenau (follow button HISTORY), but also international writers like Tschechow or Ibsen whose plays fit perfectly to the rural landscape and atmosphere. As a special literary attraction the Loidolts entrust contemporary writers to transform novels from famous poets to new stage plays. English and American writers like D.H. Lawrence or Tennessee Williams are new additions to the program (example: 2018 – “Streetcar named desire” in German language)
There are more than 120 performances of 4 DIFFERENT PLAYS, but also a few Sunday-MUSIC-highlights: Piano recitals with worldwide respected artists.
Latest attraction is a new way of performing literature “LITERATURE IN SCENE”, created by Renate Loidolt.

Performances take place in two different locations, the old theatre-hall (377 seats) and the new arena-theatre (312 seats), both in the same festival building, right in the centre of Reichenau along the main street (follow button “Theater Reichenau” for pictures).
Quality-focus is set on best artists and actors, directors and stage-design. Many well known actors from the state theatres of Vienna or German theatres and famous actors from German film or television play the main parts in Reichenau.

VISITORS come from Vienna, from all parts of Austria and the neighbouring German speaking countries. For many Austrians who live abroad, the festival in Reichenau has become a favorite meeting point with family members when they visit their home-country in summer.
So the theatre-festival “Festspiele Reichenau” is not only a premium place for the performing arts but also a society meeting point.
For information about program and tickets please contact our office.
English is spoken.