"Ludus Danielis
Daniel in the Lion’s Den"

(Liturgical Drama)

Directed by Andrea Mellis

Rochuskirche, Vienna
9th May 1996


“Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him...”

Ludus Danielis is not about a dry historical reconstruction of the mediæval mystery play. The approach of Andrea Mellis is fresh and lively.

Wiener Zeitung 11th May 1996


Martin Zoglmann as King Belshazzar, Miryam Neugebauer as the Queen,
Christopher Posch as the Prince.


“Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel....”

In this version it is a dazzling theatrical mixture of professionals, amateurs and children.

Wiener Zeitung 11th May 1996


Gerhard Obr, Dean Anthony as the Kingˆs Councillors


“Then they said; Daniel regardeth thee not nor the decree that thou hast signed. Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persian is, That no decree or statute which the king establisheth may be changed. Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions.”

Mariahilfer Oper consistent to their magnificent production of Benjamin Britten’s “Noye’s Fludde” have used the experience to advantage in this less elaborate piece.

Wiener Zeitung 11th May 1996


Manoel Maurer, Gerhard Obr and Alexander Wartha as the Kings’s Councillors


“Then the king cried with a lamentable voice: O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God able to deliver thee from the lions. And said Daniel unto the king: O king, live for ever. My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me...”

Andrea Mellis has created a splendid lively theatre of movement, which uses the whole space of the church as a playing area.

Wiener Zeitung 11th May 1996


Sascha Weinhausen as Daniel, dancing with the lions.