Kampusch play draws the crowds

A theatre play focusing on the media hunt on Natascha Kampusch is playing to sold-out crowds at a Viennese theatre.”Die Beteiligten” by Kathrin Röggla, which is now on at the Akademietheater, portrays the public’s reaction to the headline-hitting abduction drama and Kampusch’s decision to give a TV interview just days after she managed to flee her kidnapper.The 21-year-old, who lives in Vienna today, escaped Wolfgang Priklopil two years ago. The paedophile loner caged her in a sound-proof chamber in his house’s basement after snatching her off the road on her way to school aged 10. He committed suicide only hours after Kampusch fled from his estate in Strasshof an der Nordbahn.”Die Beteiligten” has been praised as a clever take on the frenzy newspapers and TV stations engaged in after it was announced Kampusch was still alive and managed to escape.The play is directed by Stefan Bachmann. Alexandra Henkel, Barbara Petritsch, Jörg Ratjen and others star in the production.Visit www.burgtheater.at or call +43 1 514 444 140 for ticket information and to find out what else is currently on at the Burgtheater Vienna and its sister venues.