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3/22/2023 - 8:00 PM Uhr

Alte Meister (theatre in german language)

Two gentlemen, a bench and flawed art

Comedy by Thomas Bernhard
Adapted for the stage by Dušan David Pařízek from the prose of the same name.
Weiterspielen new production of the version for the Volkstheater Vienna

Director and stage: Dušan David Pařízek
Costumes: Kamila Polívková
Dramaturgy: Roland Koberg

Reger: Lukas Holzhausen 
Irrsigler: Rainer Galke
The music philosopher Reger, who occasionally writes music reviews for the Times, has been coming to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna with obsessive regularity for over thirty years. He does so with the intention of finding a "serious flaw" in the works of art of the Old Masters. Every other day he sits for two hours on a bench in the "Bordone Room" to look at Tintoretto's Portrait of a White-Bearded Man. He has been looking for the mistake in this picture for a particularly long time. The museum attendant Jenö Irrsigler always keeps the bench free for him, where Reger once also met his wife, who has since died. Reger and Irrsigler have developed a close relationship over the decades. The museum attendant has increasingly become the mouthpiece of the music philosopher, who can not only reflect but also feel his views on art and society. 
Thomas Bernard's comedy is a text full of sadness, anger and wit. Dušan David Pařízek staged Bernhard's prose for the Volkstheater Wien in 2015. The successful evening will be continued by Weiterspielen Productions. Rainer Galke received the Nestroy Prize in the category "Best Actor Male" for his portrayal of Irrsigler in 2016. 

Photo © Lukáš Horký

Duration: ca. 2 hours, without break

Introduction at 7:30 pm!

Information & booking:

Organization: Südtiroler Kulturinstitut

Information and tickets:
Südtiroler Kulturinstitut
Tel. 0471 313800

Individual tickets: can be reserved from 22 September 2022 at the office of the Südtiroler Kulturinstitut, Via Sciliar, 1 in Bolzano, by telephone on 0471 313800 or by e-mail ( 

Payment of individual tickets: The reserved tickets must be paid for within 10 days of reservation. Payment can be made directly at the office of the South Tyrolean Cultural Institute or by bank transfer. As reason for payment, please state the name and reservation number you receive when making the reservation. Pre-booked and paid tickets will be deposited at the box office. 

Standing room: Standing room tickets are only available for sold-out events, subject to fire regulations at the respective venues and applicable Corona safety measures. They are only available at the box office.

Box office: The box office is open from 7pm on the day of the event.

Discounts: Discounts are available for students up to the age of 26. Senior* citizens receive special prices from the age of 65.

Covid 19:
In the 2022/23 season we will again be playing at full capacity. For your own health and safety, we still recommend that you behave prudently, keep your distance when walking into the hall, remember hygiene and precautionary measures and protect yourself by wearing a mask if necessary.
As the regulations can change at any time, please inform yourself about current regulations promptly before each performance. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this.
People who feel ill, have cold symptoms or a temperature above 37.5 degrees, please stay at home.

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