Tanz der Blinden

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Tanz der Blinden

A historical journey into the old “new hell”

In the autumn of 1906 Siegmund and Leopold Natzler opened a cabaret company in the cellar of the Theater an der Wien: the “Hölle” (hell). The aim was to provide intelligent and popular entertainment. Good in-house writers, a crowd-pulling leading lady and a programme cleverly tailored to the audience’s wishes made the “Hölle” one of the most durable cabaret theatres to be founded during the pre-war years. The stars of the “Hölle” were Fritz Grünbaum, Béla Lászky and his wife, the acclaimed diseuse Mela Mars, Ralph Benatzky and Josma Selim. Music was provided by Franz Lehár who parodied his own successful works in the “Hölle”, Leo Fall, Edmund Eysler and a young Robert Stolz. The turns included chansons, ingeniously humorous talks, solo numbers, sketches, risqué songs, one-act plays and small-scale operettas. Guest performers and variety numbers made the programme still more varied. A modern restaurant in a Jugendstil ambience took care of the audience’s bodily needs. The greatest names of the Viennese cabaret scene helped make the “Hölle” a success: Heinrich Eisenbach, Hans Moser, Karl Farkas and Egon Friedell. In the 1920s the popularity of the “Hölle” reached new heights thanks to Hugo Wiener, Fritz Heller and Stella Kadmon.

Marie-Theres Arnbom and Georg Wacks mark the theatre’s 104th anniversary with a programme that takes audiences down into the depths of the “Hölle” and presents highlights from twenty years of cabaret in authentic costumes and with magnificent sets.