Domplatz (Cathedral Square)

About the venue

Domplatz (Cathedral Square)

When Hugo von Hofmannsthal warned Max Reinhardt to bear in mind what performances would cost on the cathedral square, Reinhardt apparently said, “I can see [Alexander] Moissi [the first actor to play Jedermann] kneeling in front of the cathedral.” And Reinhardt remained confident, “The money will be found somehow, that is of secondary importance. I am thinking now especially of the treasures we already have: a magnificent play, a location unmatched throughout the world.”

The cathedral in Salzburg was built between 1614 and 1628 according to plans by Santino Solari; it is the largest early Baroque church north of the Alps and also the oldest bishopric in present-day Austria. It provides an impressive theatrical backdrop for the morality play based on a mediaeval model: no stage set can match the overwhelming effect of the magnificent façade with its twin towers of white marble and with Christ as the ruler of the world on the gable between the towers. The closed square between the archiepiscopal Residenz and St. Peter’s Abbey has passageways to the left and right of the façade which can be used for entries and exits. The flat roof over the cathedral arches is an ideal position for the men who shout Jedermann and for the brass fanfares. Opposite the doors of the cathedral rises up the Gothic steeple of the Franciscan church, on which, besides other church towers in the old town centre as well as on the Mönchsberg and Kapuzinerberg, the men stand who call Jedermann to his death. Max Reinhardt left the lighting design to the sun: the play began at 5 p.m. or 5.30 p.m. when most of the square is still bathed in dazzling light. At the entrance of death the shadows grew longer and when the devil came, sunlight had disappeared.

The square seats 2,544 people. Within the temporary stage, there are several trap doors and pits for the actors. In bad weather Jedermann is performed at the Großes Festspielhaus.

How to get there

Adress & contact

Domplatz (Cathedral Square)
Domplatz, 5020 Salzburg

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Tel.: +43 662 8045 0
info@salzburgerfestspiele.at

Public transport

Trolley bus stop Herbert-v.-Karajan-Platz
Lines 1, 8, 10, A, 22, 23

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Further bus lines operate from the foot-accessible trolley bus stops Ferdinand-Hanusch-Platz and Rathaus.

Festival ticket = bus ticket
Comfortably and relaxed to the Salzburg Festival – three hours before the beginning of the performance until end of operation, your festival ticket is valid as city bus ticket in the so-called ‘core-zone’!

Parking

Underground car park Altstadtgarage A+B
Hildmannplatz 1, 5020 Salzburg

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Opening hours: daily 0-24 h
From the underground car park Altstadtgarage B you have direct access to the Festival Halls.
At the cash desk guests you show your tickets one hour before the event starts and purchase a discounted parking ticket for 6€, valid for 8 hours.

Further possibility:
Rot-Kreuz-Parkplatz
Franz-Josef-Kai, 5020 Salzburg
Opening hours: daily 0-24 h

Photos

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Seating plan

Further information

Is Jedermann performed on the Domplatz (Cathedral Square) irrespective of the weather?
Since the performance of Jedermann on Cathedral Square is an open-air performance, a weather risk cannot be excluded. In the event of rain or an unclear weather situation (e.g. heavy rain or thun-derstorms), the performance may be moved to the Grosses Festspielhaus. Due to the special situa-tion, however, it will not be possible this year to move a performance that has already begun to the Großes Festspielhaus. After 60 minutes, the performance is considered to have been completed; if the performance is cancelled earlier, the admission fee will be refunded on a pro rata basis. Due to the differences between the venues Domplatz and the Großes Festspielhaus, it is not possible to guarantee a side-by-side position in the event of a performance of the “Jedermann” in the Großes Festspielhaus, or to vary the position in line and spatial positioning in relation to Domplatz.

In the anniversary year 2020 there will be an additional contingent of fair-weather tickets for open-air performances due to the applicable legal framework, which will only be valid for performances on the Cathedral Square. In case of a cancellation the ticket will lose its validity and the ticket price will be refunded.

Where and when do I find out the venue of Jedermann?
The venue for a specfic performance will be announced at least one hour before the start of the respective performance on the homepage www.salzburgfestival.at as well as by phone at + 43-662-8045-500.
When do the doors open before a performance?
The foyers of the respective venues open one hour before the start of the performance. Doors to the performance venues themselves generally open 30 minutes before the start of the performance.    
What happens if I am late?
We recommend that you arrive at the respective venue approx. 30 minutes before the start of the performances. Despite this, should you arrive after the performance has started, please contact the staff service immediately, who will be able to assist you. We strive for the possibility of a late admittance, but there may be productions in which there is no late admittance because of excessive disturbances caused to the rest of the visitors.
Will I get a refund if there is a change in the cast of a performance?
Changes in the cast and programme as well as changes in the beginning times do not entitle the holder to return the tickets. If there are any changes, Salzburg Festival will do its utmost to inform ticket purchasers as far as is reasonably possible. However, it is your responsibility to inform your-self about any changes. You will find the most up-to-date information on our website www.salzburgerfestspiele.at
May I take pictures and film performances?
All types of image and sound recordings as well as the use of mobile phones are prohibited during performances at the Salzburg Festival. In the case of photographic, television and video recordings made by the Festival or by authorized third parties, the visitor declares that he/she is aware of any image recordings of his/her person and that he/she is aware of the associated exploitation. I agree.
Are there “house rules”?
The respective house rules of Salzburg Festival apply in all venues. By entering a performance ven-ue, visitors and customers expressly accept the house rules.
Are there standing room tickets?
Notice: Due to the coronavirus situation there are no standing room tickets allowed in 2020. Thank you for your understanding!

Besides these special circumstances we would be able to provide: standing room tickets in the Felsenreitschule and in the Haus für Mozart. There are also standing room places at the Jedermann performances on the Domplatz. These are available starting one hour before the performance at the box office int the Franziskanergasse, but only if the performance takes place on the Domplatz (Cathedral Square). If the performance takes place in the Große Festspielhaus, no standing room tickets are available.

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