Barbara Horvath

Geboren 1973 im Burgenland (Österreich), studierte Barbara Horvath an der Schauspielschule des Wiener Volkstheaters. Nach ihrer Ausbildung spielte sie an vielen Bühnen in Wien, u. a. am Burgtheater und bei den Wiener Festwochen, am Rabenhof, TAG, Ensembletheater, aber auch in Deutschland und den Niederlanden. Von 2011 bis 2015 war sie festes Ensemblemitglied am Schauspielhaus Wien und folgte 2015 dem Intendanten Andreas Beck nach Basel, wo sie in Inszenierungen von u. a. Simon Stone, Antonio Latella, Ulrich Rasche auf der Bühne zu erleben war. Seit 2019 ist Barbara Horvath am Residenztheater engagiert. Zusammen mit Lisa Stiegler, Theresa «BiMän» Bittermann, Sara Dec, Marie Gimpel und Friederike Meisel entwickelte sie das kollektive Rechercheprojekt «(Nicht)Mütter!».

Performing in

The cycle of revenge and retribution is endless. Every drop of blood spilt has to be atoned for with more. Everyone thinks they have the law and the will of the gods on their side and this conviction drives them on to commit new injustices. This is the spiral of violence that grips the ruling house of the Atrides in Aeschylus’s «Agamemnon», the first part of his trilogy «The Oresteia».

Residenztheater, 19.30 o'clock
Wed 02 Oct
Residenztheater, 19.30 o'clock
Wed 09 Oct

The Australian writer and director Simon Stone took Chekhov’s famous play as the starting point for his rewriting – voted «Play of the Year 2017» in «Theater heute» magazine – that combines rapid fire dialogue, subtle character studies and the ambivalence that arises from them while locating the play thematically in the here and now.

Drei Schwestern (Three sisters)



The mid-1980s: the outbreak of the disease AIDS alarms New York. Louis, son of a wealthy Jewish family, abandons his sick boyfriend Prior and starts a relationship with conservative Mormon lawyer Joe. When Joe’s drug-dependent wife Harper retreats into dreams of everlasting ice, his strictly religious mother flies in outraged from Salt Lake City. The Republican Roy Cohn, a cynical and power-obsessed lawyer, insists until his last breath that he is not gay and does not have AIDS. Even on his deathbed, he refuses to stop arguing about this with his black nurse Belize. And then an angel breaks through Prior’s bedroom ceiling.

Engel in Amerika (Angels in America)

In his plays, the Chilean director and playwright Guillermo Calderón achieves an entirely original combination of humour and political power. Many of his texts are highly comic tales of the prejudice, ignorance and egotism that come to light through intercultural exchange. His latest play for the Residenztheater tells of the efforts of a religious sect in Munich to advertise for a newly founded settlement in Chile.


With «Success», we journey into the inner workings of a society in which everything is measured in terms of personal career advantage, the demands of embittered contemporaries, hatred of one’s neighbours, anger at those with a different political opinion and one’s own lack of any sense of direction.

Erfolg (Success)

After fifteen years in exile, Orestes returns incognito to his home city of Argos – the same city in which his father Agamemnon was murdered by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus on his victorious return from Troy. However, desire for revenge is not the reason for his spontaneous homecoming – it is the rumour of a mysterious plague of flies. When his sister Electra persuades him to stay, it gradually dawns on him that Clytemnestra and Aegisthus are not only cruelly oppressing the people, they have also implicated him in Agamemnon’s murder. Only then does Orestes decide to take action.

Die Fliegen (The Flies)

Following Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, in the second half of the season another we hear from another master storyteller. A narrator who tells us to call him Ismael walks onto the Residenztheater stage in seaman’s garb. What follows is a genuine monster of a story: Ismael is hired on the «Pequod», an old whaling ship, and goes to sea on board this floating blubber factory.

Moby Dick
Residenztheater, 20.00 o'clock
Residenztheater, 19.30 o'clock
Sat 20 Jul
Residenztheater, 19.30 o'clock
Tue 23 Jul

The text of «(Non)Mothers!» weaves together answers from 22 interviews on the subject of (non-)motherhood – into a play about decisions, doubts (still) births, terminations, transformations and actions of bravery.

(Nicht)Mütter! ((Non)Mothers!)
Marstall, 20.00 o'clock
Tue 15 Oct
Marstall, 20.00 o'clock
Sat 19 Oct

The wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta is just around the corner. But first Theseus has to help his friend Egeus. His daughter Hermia has fallen in love with the wrong man, Lysander. In order to change Hermia's mind, an effective threat is set up. The lovers have only one choice: to flee into the darkness of a dreamy June night. And here, in the pale glow of the wild setting, reality and reason are transformed into sexual desire and animal lust. «A Midsummer Night's Dream» is not only William Shakespeare's best-known comedy, but also perhaps his most abysmal. Stephan Kimmig stages the creatures from Shakespeare's famous fairy world as real-life eccentrics. Weird, unconventional and dazzling, they radically question what is considered normal.

Ein Sommernachtstraum (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Fri 27 Sep
Residenztheater, 19.00 o'clock
Sat 28 Sep
Residenztheater, 18.00 o'clock
Sun 06 Oct
Residenztheater, 19.00 o'clock
Thu 10 Oct
Residenztheater, 19.00 o'clock
Fri 18 Oct
Residenztheater, 19.00 o'clock
Thu 31 Oct