Burgtheater Vienna: New technology for the upcoming season

The Burgtheater in Vienna Copyright: Thomas Bauer

Bosch Rexroth installs a new stage control system during the summer break

Modern meets traditional in more than just the varied range of plays at the Burgtheater. This summer Bosch Rexroth installed a state-of-the-art stage control system in the historic theater. It significantly expands the range of dramaturgical freedom at the theater and fulfills the strict safety standards for stage equipment.

The Burgtheater in Vienna is the most important theater in the German-speaking regions. When it opened in 1888, the neo-classical building set the technical standards of its day. It was one of the first theaters in Europe to be equipped with electric light. And for its stage equipment, the prestigious theater has always relied on the most modern technology. During the 2014 summer break, Bosch Rexroth equipped the Burgtheater with a new state-of-the-art stage control system.

The operators can program stage effects in advance from a remote console in the auditorium. The hydraulic winches make stage decorations disappear into the rafters in seconds and bring new elements on stage. The control system can also combine winches together into a group for elements with several parts and moves the load fully synchronously. The software is so intelligent that it warns the operator of an impending collision. During a performance, the press of a button is all that is required to call up the programmed movements and run them automatically.

The Burgtheater and Bosch Rexroth place great emphasis on safety. After all, people are working on the stage under suspended loads. The stage control system from Rexroth fulfills the highest safety standards. In contrast to a new building or a complete renovation, the stage experts from Bosch Rexroth had to adapt the control system to already existing equipment. The hydraulic drives of the upper machinery also come from Rexroth and have served reliably for decades. During the six-week conversion phase, they were completely re-wired and connected to the system.

The Burgtheater is the latest in a long list of theaters that Bosch Rexroth has modernized over the past several years, including the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. Bosch Rexroth has also accompanied completely new buildings, such as the new opera houses in Peking and Oslo, from the design phase of the stage equipment to commissioning. The Burgtheater's new season opened on September 5, 2014.

Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, Factory Automation, and Renewable Energies to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, roughly 36,700 associates generated sales revenue of approximately 5.7 billion euros in 2013.

To learn more, please visit

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros. (NB: Due to a change in accounting policies, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, the Bosch Group invested some 4.5 billion euros in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents. This is an average of 20 patents per day. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

Additional information is available online at, and


Search press releases


Ingrid Alter
Löwentorstraße 68-70
70376 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 711 811-30849