THE IMPRESARIO and THE AMAZING JOURNEY OF DR. FAUST Set for Amsterdam Marionette Theatre's 2012 Season

This season the Amsterdam Marionette Theatre will program the following performances, in September - November 2012, The Impresario (Der Schauspieldirektor) - W.A. Mozart (Sept. 30 in a special setting: with operalunch), and in November - December 2012: The amazing journey of Doctor Faust.

THE IMPRESARIO (Der Schauspieldirektor)
W.A. MOZART's short comic opera

Much ado in the theatre! Those who think that only nowadays theatres have difficulties, are mistaken... With lots of humour Mozart draws a pointed picture of all the troubles that beset the opera world: shortage of money, intrigues, fickle primadonna's...

Mozart wrote 'The Impresario' ('Der Schauspieldirektor') in 1786 for a festive banquet at Schloss Schonbrunn, Vienna. The Amsterdam Marionette Theatre made a special adaptation of this play, in which Mozart himself pulls the strings.

'The Impresario' is set behind the scenes of an opera theater in Mozarts time. Two 'prima donna's' are having a fight for the main role, in the name of high art and for the benefit of the honoured audience. Mozart himself sets in motion a surprising outcome.

A performance for both adults and children (min. 10 yrs.). Approx. 1 ½ hours (a short interval included). Language No Problem - In Amsterdam, performances are presented in Dutch. We provide a programme of the performance in English.

sat. 15 sept. 20.30 The Impresario - W.A. Mozart
sun. 30 sept. 12.30 The Impresario OPERALUNCH
sun. 14 oct. 15.00 The Impresario - W.A. Mozart
sun. 28 oct. 15.00 The Impresario - W.A. Mozart
sun. 11 nov. 15.00 The Impresario - W.A. Mozart

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with music by Gounod, Marenco, Wagner and Offenbach

All these old and dusty books... they cannot inspire Doctor Johannes Faust any longer. He is longing to discover and fathom the world, to experience everything with his whole heart and soul. He turns to the world of Magic and makes a deal with the devil. Mefisto will be his guide on his exciting journey through time and through the continents. Casperl, Fausts servant, doesn't share his masters existential doubts at all. He himself is a happy man: all you need in life is good food, a drink now and then. An exciting adventure full of magic, humour and a touch of filosophy.

Most people connect the old story of Faust who sells his soul to the devil to the famous work of Goethe. But long before Goethes time, the historical figure of Faust appeared in folk puppetry. Since the late Middle Ages, many puppeteers made their own version of the Faust story. The Amsterdam Marionette Theatre created a new play, inspired by the original puppet versions. Music plays a leading part.

Poetic music theatre for both adults and childeren (10 years and older). Length of performance 1 ½ hours (interval included). Five puppeteers manipulate the large, wooden marionettes, dressed in their costumes of silk. Performed with our own CD-recording in Dutch. Because of the visual and musical character of the performance, the Dutch language is no great barrier.

fr. 30 nov. 20.30 The amazing journey of Doctor Faust
sun. 16 dec. 15.00 The amazing journey of Doctor Faust
wed. 26 dec. 15.00 The amazing journey of Doctor Faust
thu. 27 dec. 20.30 The amazing journey of Doctor Faust
sun. 30 dec. 15.00 The amazing journey of Doctor Faust
Reservations in advance: +31(0)20-6208027 or
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Prices: Adults € 16,-, 65+/ Student € 13,-, Children (till 14) € 7,50
Price operalunch on 30 of September: € 29,50 (lunch incl, drinks excl.)
Theatre: Nieuwe Jonkerstraat 8, Amsterdam, Holland (10 min. walk from Amsterdam Central Station, near Nieuwmarkt)

Amsterdam Marionette Theatre was established in 1985 and practices the European tradition of the classical marionette theatre. For more information, visit

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