Adolf von Sonnenthal

* 21.12.1834 in Budapest (Hungary); ✝ 04.04.1909 in Prague




Raised in a Jewish family in Budapest, Sonnenthal began his acting career in Temesvar in 1851. After several engagements elsewhere, in 1856 he joined the Vienna Burgtheater, to which he would remain loyal for the rest of his life. Sonnenthal was extremely popular in heroic and amorous roles, and was ennobled in 1881 as a result.

In line with the casting policies of the time, his repertoire included a number of Shakespeare roles alongside other classical and contemporary ones. Due to his guest performances, Sonnenthal was known and well-regarded beyond his theatrical home in Vienna. 



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Sonnenthal, Adolf von, in: The Digital Shakespeare Memorial Album. Edited by Christa Jansohn. URI: (Accessed on 26.09.2023)

This text is published under the following licence: CC BY-ND 3.0 DE. Digitzed media reproduced with the permission of the library of Birmingham.

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