Marionetten Theater Schloss Schoenbrunn

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Marionetten Theater Schloss Schoenbrunn

Marionetten Theater Schloss Schoenbrunn
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MARIONETTENTHEATER SCHLOSS SCHÖNBRUNN ... Welcome to the world of the marionettes, to the world of fantasy, to the world of theatre and the arts. Small figurines made of wood are brought to life by the Marionette Artists who give them spirit and soul. Artistic play, modern stage tech and a princely atmosphere will make this evening a special experience. Empress Maria Theresia was in fact already fascinated by operas for Marionettes composed by Joseph Haydn. Let yourself too be taken into a world of phantasy – with Mozart‘s Opera »The Magic Flute« in a viennese, humorously production – especially worked out for this artform.
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Neighborhood: Schönbrunn
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  • Schönbrunn • 4 min walk
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pbadeer
Chicago, IL152 contributions
Friends
While it is not fair to give an Austrian site four stars because of a language barrier, this is a predominantly English user review site, and the lack of English is a BIG hurdle here.

This theatre is on the grounds of Schonbrunn. Depending on your schedule you can likely plan the theatre along with the rest of your day at Schonbrunn.

We opted to see the Sisi Musical. The only show not billed as a “youth” show. The youth shows are shorter and cheaper. If you just want a taste, go for the youth option. Tickets to Sisi were $39 for the first six rows and $29 for the mezzanine (although they let us move from the mezzanine to the main section since there were only about 20 people there.

There is a program available for one euro. If you don’t know german, you need the program to explain what will happen in the show. But the program was only in German too. Luckily my daughter was able to translate it for me and that is the ONLY way I knew what was going on. Even then we got confused. If you go early there is a nice video talking about the marionettes and a display of the 100+ marionettes in their collection. Maybe you can find someone to translate it for you.

The marionettes are beautiful and the Sisi costumes stunning. The music is techno rock. Like Jesus Christ Superstar visited 19th century Vienna. It didn’t seem to fit the aesthetic but even without knowing the words I was bouncing along with the music.

Note it is not billed for kids and maybe that’s because three people die in the story. It was slightly disturbing to see a marionette with a dagger, but the story of Sisi is the story of Sisi. They didn’t change anything. But keep that in mind if you do take kids.
Written January 3, 2020
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bmkutok
Tucson, AZ100 contributions
This is a rare treat for adult and younger music lovers. The professional artists at the theater make the marionettes, construct the sets and present the actual production.
It's the Magic Flute performed as I have never seen before.

After the performance they will introduce the marionettes to you and answer questions.

If you are at Schoenbrunn, don't miss a performance.
Written January 5, 2020
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Russell S
Rome, Italy34 contributions
Business
The tradition of marionettes goes back centuries and here at Schönbrunn Palace you can experience it yourself with highly talented artists led by Christine Hierzer-Riedler. I brought my entire youth orchestra (75 students) to see this marionette show as our first attraction in Vienna, and we were all thrilled. I explained that one of composer Joseph Haydn's jobs was to arrange music for the many marionette shows Prince Esterhazy produced at his castle for his guests (18th century). I never understood why that was such a big deal until I saw this marionette show at Schönbrunn Palace. They are like musician virtuosi, the way they get these marionettes to walk, seemingly talk, and interact with each other as if they are alive. The sets are also imaginative. In this darkened room, you realize that this was the "original" cinema. In a darkened theater, you retreat from the drudgery of daily life into a magical world with fantastical characters, special effects, and engrossing stories. I see some reviews complaining that the music is recorded, not live. I could go farther and say the Eine Kleine Nachtmusik show we saw was not a great coordination of music and drama. This is true, but really misses the point. Just watching these marionette shows transports you back to the Golden Age of Vienna. The performers are passionate and talented artists. And isn't that the ultimate experience we tourists hunger for when we visit this city? To walk the same streets as Mozart and Haydn and experience some of what they experienced? If you want to feel like you're in 18th century Vienna, you can't do better than this marionette show. Highly recommended.
Written September 28, 2015
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Nancy R
San Francisco, CA10 contributions
Family
I know we went to Vienna and in Vienna German is the language spoken. However, the Marionette Theater is advertised as a tourist venue. As such one would think that tourists would be accommodated, at least minimally.
I am sorry to say that this is not the case.
The theater is tiny and the seats very uncomfortable for what proved to be a 1.5 hour show. Rather than "life-size" marionettes, these are basically 2 foot high marionettes on a stage in which the perspective makes them seem larger. The talent is in the handlers and they do a nice job, but the entire show is in German (yes, I know, the Magic Flute was written in German) but a simple outline of the story line in English on a piece of paper handed out with the tickets (which,btw, cost over 30 Euro each) would have been thoughtful (and helpful). It would also have been helpful to have had a translation of the explanation of the marionettes and the way in which they are handled which was offered by one of the handlers in German to the German speaking audience ahead of the show. Again, I get that we are in German speaking country hearing The Magic Flute, but if this is being sold as a venue appropriate for tourists, consideration of tourists' basic needs would be invited and appreciated.
As is, not worth the money or the time, I am sorry to say.
Written April 7, 2015
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Samuel R
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Family
I came to Vienna for classical music and attended The Magic Flute at the Marionettentheater. I was disappointed to find that the musical accompaniment was a medium-quality audio recording played on low-quality fuzzy speakers.

The lyrics and dialogue were in German, as expected. The lady who sold me my tickets promised on the phone that I would have the English translation in the program. That was a bold-faced lie. The program contained only a single-page plot synopsis. I was not able to understand the show.

Visually, the Marionettes and the set were fantastic! The performers were quite talented and really brought the puppets to life. There was a phenomenal variety to the movements and appearances of the puppet humans and puppet animals throughout the show.

I feel that the lady running this business took financial advantage of me and my family. When we arrived and realized that there would be no live music, we asked to have our money refunded and leave. The woman refused. She also charged us a euro apiece for the single page programs and charged us several euros to hang up our coats - which she insisted was required.
Written December 30, 2014
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JaneMP
Kalamazoo, MI266 contributions
Family
We attended the performance because we had a 10 year old with us but the four adults enjoyed the show as much as she did. We saw 'The Magic Flute' and read the synopsis beforehand and were therefore able to follow the story. The marionettes are beautiful and we were more than impressed with the talent involved to manipulate them. Afterward everyone was invited backstage to see the puppets and the set. As a side note, we went to an evening performance and it was beautiful afterward to be at the palace after all the crowds had left. We took the subway from and back to Vienna which was very easy and quick.
Written October 14, 2014
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mbuya
Ottawa, Canada117 contributions
Family
My 6 year old & I enthusiastically agreed that this was the best thing we did while we were in Vienna this summer. The artists performing at the Marrionette Theatre are so talented and the theatre itself is very cute. Also very much appreciated were the cushions provided for children in order to ensure that they could see the action on stage.

We don't speak German and the entire show was in German, so the lady at the desk when we went to pick up our tickets suggested I read the story of "The Magic Flute" to my daughter before the show. That really helped her to enjoy the show and if I had not done that I think it would have been a bit of torture for her.

My suggestions for improvements would be just one, that the theatre include the 1 page pamphlet outlining the story in English in the price of the ticket. I thought that having to pay extra for it was not cool considering that the tickets were not inexpensive.

I would also warn parents that they should be very sure that their children can sit through the performance. There was 1 child there who was not at all able to sit through and the rest of the audience was very angry - even to the point of yelling at the parents. It is a small theatre with older chairs and it someone is fidgeting a lot it will ruin the experience for everyone else in the theatre. Please consider this when booking.
Written August 24, 2013
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R K G
Sale, UK32 contributions
Family
A really special experience. The Marionettes were amazing. Your eyes adapted quickly to their size . The queen’s aria was spectacular. You get a shock when the puppeteers appear like giants at the end of the performance
Written October 25, 2018
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Fine that we could enchant you!!
Written October 27, 2018
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chgeffen
Ra'anana, Israel11 contributions
Family
Ordered tickets on line at beginning of year for performance of Magic Flute in July 2017.
We were 2 grandparents and 2 grandchildren with no knowledge of German whatsoever. Quite amazed that there were no subtitles overhead which would certainly have helped our granddaughters and us since the 1€ programmer could not be discussed obviously during performance. Also theatre was without air conditioning which did not add to the fun on a hot July day. After 20 minutes we realized it was not for us so we got up and left. I really feel that purchasers of tickets on line should be made aware of the fact that English translation is not an option. I feel that €128 was a big waste of hard earned money.
Written July 5, 2017
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The OPERA is in german language and we always advice our guest to read the synopsis in their own language before they go to the theater. Especially when they have children with them!!! Even german speaking people had to read the synopsis. There is alot of singing in the opera and also they do not understand all the words..... I think it would not be helpfull to have subtitels, because our theater is a theater where you could go for 2 hours in a magic world. This i not possible when you always have to read subtitels.... and if you are free to let you fall into the world of MOZARTS genius music it will help you to understand everything... MOZARTS MUSIC IS UNIVERS..........
Written May 27, 2018
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JF Bordeleau
Ottawa, Canada1,585 contributions
Family
The Marionette Theater at Schoenbrunn can represent a nice introduction to classical music for young ones, and allows for a bit of a break to all the walking that one can do in the Palace area. However, it is nowhere near as impressive as what one could experience in Salzburg for example

What I liked: Short afternoon show, suitable for families with young kids. Relative affordable given the "quality" of the show and venue. You can tell that the artists/puppeteers have a passion for what they are doing - arguable, this is a very folksy kind of place. Sufficient number of booster cushions for kids to properly see the show. Small café on site

What to watch for: The theater is fairly small and being in a historical building, does not have AC -so on a hot summer day, this is not the most enjoyable (thankfully, each sections of the show are only 30 minutes long or so). Also, as a smaller venue, no subtitles system -so everything is "as advertised" in German, although one could buy a guide offered in many languages to get a synopsis of the show

All in, given the relative affordability, this is still a neat experience, especially if travelling with young kids, but would not be on my list of recommended things to do if one has limited time. Would be an interesting rainy day option though
Written August 17, 2016
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