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People's Theatre

Hermann Helmer, Ferdinand Fellner

alias (Deutsches) Volkstheater
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(detail)14.9.1889 | opening
Opened with Ludwig Anzengruber's "Der Fleck auf der Ehr".
(detail)1890 | alteration
Extension of the stage area by Fellner & Helmer.
(detail)1907 | alteration
Construction of the buffet with the box office by Fellner & Helmer.
(detail)1911 | alteration
Extension of the stage area by Fellner & Helmer.
(detail)1938 | alteration
Statues on the facade were removed
(detail)1945 | fire
Cupola of the lobby and rooms underneath were destroyed by bombing.
(detail)1981 | alteration
General renovation: overall planning by Rudolf Jarosch, the facade by Lutz Lernhart. Cupola rebuilt and interior restored to its original appearance; seats reduced to 1,148.


(detail)Hermann Helmer |main architect
The phenomenon of the architects Fellner and Helmer would be difficult to capture with only one building. Their work consisted of continual, although somewhat stereotypical, work in terms of style. They placed a great emphasis on achieving the technical-operational needs of theatre buildings. They created a large number of theatres (mainly national theatres) in Central Europe - Austria, Croatia, Romania, the Czech Republic, etc.More theatres

(detail)Eduard Felix Veith |painter

He belongs among representatives of Realism of the end of 19th century. It is possible to find his frescoes or paintings in Bucharest, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, but in Ostrava, Prague, Łańcut, Brno and Nový Jičín as well. He created a painted curtain and eight ceiling paintings in Prague German Theatre (today’s State opera). He also participated on interior decoration of theatres in Ostrava, Brno, Berlin, Vienna or Prague Rudolfinum.

In: http://www.amaterskedivadlo.cz/main.php?data=opona&id=151

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(detail)Theodor Friedl |sculptor

Sculptor, author of original decoration in Prague State Opera.

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– Hans-Christoph Hoffmann, Die Theaterbauten von Fellner und Helmer, München 1966, pp. 117–119, fig. 226–241

– Gerhard M. Dienes (ed.), Fellner & Hellmer: Die Architekten der Illusion. Theaterbau und Bühnenbild in Europa, Graz 1999, pp. 203–206

– Carsten Jung, Historische Theater in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz, Berlin–München 2010, p. 118



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