Max Mayer

Geboren 1974 in Wien, studierte Max Mayer am Konservatorium der Stadt Wien Schauspiel. Nach zahlreichen Arbeiten als freier Schauspieler war er u.a. von 2006 bis 2008 Ensemblemitglied am Schauspielhaus Graz, von 2008 bis 2013 im Ensemble des Schauspielhaus Wien sowie von 2014 bis 2016 am Schauspiel Frankfurt auf der Bühne zu erleben. 2011 erhielt er den Nestroy-Preis als «Bester Schauspieler». Weitere Engagements führten an das Thalia Theater Hamburg, Deutsche Schauspielhaus Hamburg, an das Schauspielhaus Bochum sowie an das Burgtheater Wien und das Schauspiel Köln. Eine intensive Zusammenarbeit verbindet ihn mit dem Regisseur Robert Borgmann. Seit der Spielzeit 2019/2020 ist er im Ensemble des Residenztheaters. 

Performing in

The play «Der Stiefel und sein Socken» (The Boot and its Sock) by the universal artist Herbert Achternbusch who died in Munich in January 2022 is perhaps his most personal work. At the same time, it is a wonderful comedy full of kindness, poetry and absurdity.

Der Stiefel und sein Socken (The Boot and its Sock)
Marstall, 20.00 o'clock
Wed 22 Mar

It takes the physical pain of cancer to break through Fritz Zorn’s protective shell of a cultivated «insensitivity of the soul». It is not until he is in danger of dying that his resistance awakens against not being allowed to live: «I am young and rich and educated: and I am unhappy, neurotic and alone.» With these words the Swiss author Fritz Zorn opens his reckoning with this background, family and education. However: his contemplation of death is a contemplation of freedom. The art of dying liberates the individual from all subjugation and compulsion and by accepting one’s own finality it offers the possibility of seeing oneself as part of an overarching process of transformation.


Hamsun’s trilogy tells the story of a man who feels he has been overlooked by the elites that set the tone and cheated of social recognition. The philosopher Ivar Kareno evolves from a 30-year-old radical and anti-liberal writer on the fringes of poverty into a 40-year-old private tutor to the two sons of a businessman in a distant coastal region. Here Kareno sits brooding in his writing tower, while an infectious fever descends on people, arriving from the North, the businessman Otermann is driven mad by his wealth and a strange man wanders between the houses, rumoured to be justice. Ten years later, the 50-year-old Kareno is still hoping for a major turning point in his life. And he will indeed reach a milestone where he must decide whether he will remain true to the radical ideas of his youth or to pursue a career that is more measured politically.   

Spiel des Lebens (The game of life)