„Everyman“ by Hugo von Hofmannsthal
„Everyman…. Everyman …“ comes around every year above Salzburg‘s Domplatz. Everyone except Everyman himself knows who is calling him. The audience wait excitedly, when the caller appears on the stage and bears his message to every man.
The Salzburg Festival is one of the most significant global events in art and cultural circles. Even in the Middle Ages Salzburg was known for its love of theatre and fancy-dress parties. Thanks to the unique city backdrop and the many great men and women who have promoted art and pressed ahead with innovative ideas and stagings, Salzburg today is one of the capitals of culture. Every year in July and August, after months of preparation as part of the ‚Salzburg Festival‘, a wide variety of performances and concerts are held.
Every year as part of the Salzburg Festival, the history of „Everyman“ by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, is staged. The story is about a rich nobleman, whose foremost focus was on his own well-being and in increasing his assets. ‚Everyman‘ shows little mercy for debtors and the poor. Everyman only saw reason about his misdemeanour when death literally emerges behind him and urged him to prepare himself for his final walk.
Even anyone who already knows the story, is mesmerised time and again by the transformation of Everyman during the play. Hugo von Hofmannsthal penned an appealing yet also a contemplative piece, which has an important message to impart in every era.
Since the premiere in 1920 this play has been attracting lots of visitors every year to the beautiful state capital of Salzburg. Over the years there have been many interpretations by different directors and a wide variety of renowned actors and actresses have been seen at the performances of „Everyman“. The idea of staging it in front of Salzburg cathedral came at the time from Max Reinhardt. The splendid Baroque building is still a unique backdrop today. The Large Festival Hall is not far away either, where the performance is moved to when the weather is bad.
Enjoy the artistic presentations which are at their best in our beautiful state capital in July and August. After all, a trip to Salzburg, a walk on the Salzach or in the idyllic gardens in Hellbrunn and Mirabell Palace always provide you with holiday feelings. Combine the lovely with the lovely, and treat yourself to a few hassle-free summer days in Salzburg.