The Theater in der Josefstadt was founded in 1788. It is the oldest theater in Vienna still in operation. Ferdinand Raimund (1790-1836) was an Austrian actor and playwright of comic farces. His Vienna debut was in this theater and his play, Der Verschwender (the Spendthrift) was first performed at this theater in 1834 with Raimund himself playing the lead. It is still performed today. The Raimund Theater on Wallgasse in Vienna’s 6th District, opened is 1893, was named in his honor.