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26 July – 30 August

Straight drama still had a hard time to vie with the dominance of the opera, which had a huge Cinemascope stage at its disposal in the Large Festival Hall. But the latter wasn’t suitable for straight drama productions.

After Ernst Haeusserman had been appointed head of drama – he had fled from the Nazis and had worked as Max Reinhardt’s assistant in America – a distinct focus was directed onto Austrian playwrights.

In 1967, Hofmannsthal’s Der Schwierige was scheduled. Rudolf Steinboeck directed it in the Landestheater/State Theatre on a stage set by Lois Egg; costume designs by Erni Kniepert. In the cast were such darlings of the public as O. W. Fischer, Susi Nicoletti, Peter Weck, Christiane Hörbiger, Hanns Obonya, Paul Hoffmann and more. The leading team had already produced Raimund’s Der Bauer als Millionär/The Farmer as Millionaire in 1961, which the public adored, applauding it as a return to a specific Salzburg dramaturgy. In 1969, Raimund’s Der Alpenkönig und der Menschenfeind/The King of the Alps and the Misanthrope was to follow, directed by Kurt Meisel.