Max Reinhardt

Max Reinhardt

The legendary theater director Max Reinhardt purchased Schloss Leopoldskron – now, home to the Salzburg Global Seminar – in 1918. Born in 1873 as Max Goldmann, he later changed his name to that of a theater character “Reinhardt.” He was director of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin and was famous for founding “Regietheater” (director’s theater). In 1920, along with the poet Hugo von Hoffmannsthal and the composer Richard Strauss, he co-founded the Salzburg Festival. After the Anschluss of Austria to Nazi-governed Germany in 1938, Reinhardt emigrated to the United States.

During his Salzburg years, Reinhardt staged theater plays and held salons at Schloss Leopoldskron for prominent individuals in the world of art and culture, infusing the palace with life and creating a gathering place for artists.

The Seminar’s Culture and the Arts Program seeks to keep the creative spirit of Max Reinhardt alive through its sessions as well as through its partnership with the Salzburg Festival.

In 2006, the playwright Michael Frayn accompanied his wife, biographer Claire Tomalin, to the Salzburg session The Telling of Lives: Biography as a Mirror on Society His stay at Schloss Leopoldskron inspired Frayn to write the play Afterlife, which draws on Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s 1911 play Jedermann (based on the sixteenth-century morality play, Everyman) which Reinhardt directed at the Salzburg Festival. Afterlife was first performed at the National Theatre in London on June 11, 2008. The German-language premiere of Reinhardt was held at the Salzburger Landestheater on November 14, 2009.