Members of the Habsburg dynasty owned a theatre attached to Hofburg Palace starting in 1741. The venue precluded the middle and lower-upper classes who also wanted to enjoy the performing arts. So, in 1889, plans were made to construct Volkstheater (People’s Theatre). Each year, playbills include classical and modern works, usually by Austrian and German playwrights. In addition to the 900 capacity main stage, alternative music is offered at the smaller Dunkelkammer stage and the café format Rote Bar.