Thilde Leser as Agnes Bernauer and Fritz Schefbeck as Albrecht. (1935)
Since August 1935 the Agnes Bernauer Festival Association are performed in Straubing. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Agnes Bernauer’s death, the teacher and local politician Eugen Hubrich wrote the amateur dramatics ”Die Agnes Bernauerin zu Straubing”. Because of the great success the play was performed a second time on a open-air stage in the courtyard of the ducal castle. With the beginning of the second World War in 1939, the festival tradition seemed to have an end.
Hubrich rewrote his work for the festival season in 1952 and it was again a great success.
After the formation of the ”Festspielausschuss” the Agnes Bernauer Festival Association was formed in 1953, wich was constituted in the sorting-depot on the 7th of March in 1953 and provided a statutory. According to the ”Straubinger Tagblatt” on the 18th of March in 1953 the creation of the ”Festspielverein” was welcomed for several reasons: ”It offers the guarantee that the high tradition of the festival will be adhered, that the regulars of the other players will be received, accomplished and supplemented, that the fund is properly managed and further developed and that not least compared to the claims of the finance office the benefit to the public is clearly declared.”
The founder members of the association were:
Karl Pielsticker jun.
- Marcel Oberneder
Since then, Hubrich’s composure experienced many changes also by well-known theater directors. Nevertheless, it made glad in all the following play years 1954, 1957, 1963, 1968, 1976, 1980, 1984, and 1989 at the ”Festspielverein”, the around 200 amateur actors and the numerous audience.
For the season 1995, the Agnes Bernauer Festival Association decided to break new grounds. For the new text of the ”Agnes-Bernauer-Festspiel”, the two authors Johannes Reitmeier and Thomas Stammberger be won, whose play “Agnes-Bernauer – Historienspiel in 15 Bildern” was premiered in 1995 and since then it elated the audience also in 1999, 2003 and 2007.
For the Festival in 2011 the author Johannes Reitmeier wrote a new play in 12 pictures wich was directed by him on a newly designed stage.