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'Das fliegende Kind' by Roland Schimmelpfennig is now on at the Akademietheater. Pictured, from left to right: Johann Adam Oest, Peter Knaack and Falk Rockstroh.

Stage excellence and French cinema in Vienna

A wonderful new play by Roland Schimmelpfennig is now on at a Viennese theatre while the Burgkino screens "Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro", a new movie by French filmmaker Robert Guediguian.

"Das fliegende Kind" recently premiered at the Akademietheater. Its six-member cast deliver a stunning performance in the play which documents the common, bizarre and tragic occurrences of a November night. It all starts with a children’s ceremony at a church which is registered by underground construction workers who graft several hundred metres below the ground.

Christiane von Poelnitz, Regina Fritsch, Barbara Petritsch, Johann Adam Oest, Falk Rockstroh and the brilliant Peter Knaack perform in more than just one role each in Schimmelpfennig’s new stage production which takes place on a gloomy stage consisting of little more than three giant church bells.

The audience learns more about their characters’ feelings and attitudes as the play goes on. The three women and men of the cast often team up in the different roles to speak simultaneously. This strategy helps to make the play – which peaks in a tragic fatality – an extraordinary experience and arguably one of the best productions of the current Akademietheater / Burgtheater season.

"Gespenster", a German adaption of "Gengangere" (Ghosts) by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, is currently also on at the Akademietheater. Audience favourite Kirsten Dene and "Dorian Gray" star Markus Meyer star in the play directed by David Bösch – who is also in charge of the Burgtheater’s "Romeo und Julia" (Romeo and Juliet) in which the theatre’s young talents, Yohanna Schwertfeger and Daniel Sträßer, take the leading roles.

"Endstation Sehnsucht" directed by Dieter Giesing and "Struwwelpeter" are also on at the Burgtheater this season. Go to www.burgtheater.at or call +43 1 514 444 145 for ticket information.

"Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro" (The Snows of Kilimanjaro) starring Ariane Ascaride and Jean-Pierre Darroussin will be on at the Burgkino – where all films are shown in their original versions – tomorrow (Sat).

Phyllida Lloyd’s "The Iron Lady", "The Descendants" starring George Clooney ("Out of Sight", "Solaris") and Clint Eastwood’s "J. Edgar" will also be on at the Burgkino, which is located at Opernring 19, tomorrow. Renowned film critic Roger Ebert praised the drama film which portrays the career of controversial FBI director J. Edgar Hoover as "fascinating" and "masterful".

>> www.burgkino.at
>> +43 1 587 84 06

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