The Rocky Horror Show at the Salzburg Landestheater Photo: Anna-Maria Löffelberger

“Homecoming to the I”

“We and the others” is the theme of the current 2019/20 season of the Salzburg Landestheater. After the season was cancelled due to the corona at the beginning of April and will not be continued, the theatre is resting. Behind the scenes, however, work is being done diligently on planning the 2020/21 season. The theme for 2020/21 is “Homecoming to the Self”. The focus is on protagonists who are suddenly thrown back on themselves. This theme was conceived long before the outbreak of the Corona pandemic and has become unexpectedly topical due to the current situation.

„Der Vorhang zu und viele Fragen offen.“ Intendant Carl Philip von Maldeghem gibt einen Ausblick auf die neue Spielzeit 2020/21 des Salzburger Landestheaters.

In its four artistic areas of opera, music theatre, drama and ballet, many performances have not even been premiered in the current season. This will be made up for. For example, “Tanto… Tango!” Eroticism, melancholy, excitement, passion. No other dance is so much an attitude to life, no other dance has conquered the salons from the street in such a way, no other dance allows women and men to meet each other as equals – without denying the struggle that its dancers fight with each other.

The Melancholy of the Bandoneon

The tango ballads are dominated by the pulling melancholy of the bandoneon, their lyrics tell of loneliness, desire and life’s countless reasons to go crazy.

You can go crazy in these times. Closed bars, clubs and restaurants, insurmountable borders, fancy cultural events, social abstinence… And so the Salzburg Landestheater is also working flat out to develop the programme for 2020/21. This will include, for example, “Der Schuh des Manitu” by Michael Bully Herbig. “Der Schuh des Manitu” is one of the most successful German films of all time and will be staged as a musical produced by the Salzburg Landestheater and directed by Andreas Gergen. The premiere will be at the Deutsches Theater in Munich, and from January 2021 the western parody can be seen at the Salzburger Landestheater.

Singing and dancing nuns are at the centre of Dan Goggin’s lovingly drawn musical “The Sound of Non(n)sens”, which continues the success story of the Nunsense musicals. And the hit production “The Rocky Horror Show” remains in the programme by popular demand.

Postponed is not abandoned

So we can be curious to see exactly what the new playbill will look like and how the theme of “returning home to the self” will be realised. With several performances that Corona has taken away from us for the time being. But as the saying goes: postponed is not abandoned. And so we are looking forward to the new 2020/21 season. As soon as the planning is complete, will report on it.

Salzburger Landestheater

Published 15. May 2020Updated 6. June 2023