Austria will release a stamp on noted dramatist Ferdinand Raimund on 4th Sep. 2011.5 September is the 175th anniversary of the death of Ferdinand Raimund – the occasion for the issue of the present commemorative celebrating the famous Austrian dramatist. Together with Johann Nestroy, Raymond is without doubt one of the most important representatives of the old Viennese popular theatre.
Ferdinand Raimund was born on 1 June 1790 in Vienna, the son of an immigrant Bohemian turner. It was as a young sweets seller in the theatre that he first came into contact with the trade of an actor; he soon joined a wandering troupe and went on tour with them through the provinces. After initial failures, he finally toured with various troupes for many years through western Hungary. In 1814 he returned to Vienna, and celebrated his first success at theTheater in der Josefstadt. His artistic breakthrough was in 1815 with the play “Die Musikanten am Hohen Markt”, written by his later father-in-law Josef Alois Gleich. From 1817, Raimund was part of the ensemble of the Theater in der Leopoldstadt and for two years from 1828 to 1830 he was part of the direction, where he not only acted but also directed.