Jagsthausen (dpa / lsw) - The former managing director of the Jagsthausen Castle Festival and widow of the former Federal President Roman Herzog, Alexandra Freifrau von Berlichingen, died at the age of 82. This was announced by the Burgfestspiele Jagsthausen near Heilbronn, of which she was managing director for many years. Alexandra von Berlichingen, who died on Wednesday, had shaped the festival for decades. The company had taken her from a traditional home and tourist association to a modern event and cultural society. "Theatre is not a museum, it always has to find new ways," they quoted the festival on Thursday.
Alexandra von Berlichingen has been associated with the Burgfestspiele since her marriage to Götz Freiherr von Berlichingen in 1964. After the death of her husband 30 years later, she took responsibility for the festival and shaped it as one of the managing directors. After more than a quarter of a century, she retired from managing the festival in 2020. Goethe's "Götz von Berlichingen" has been performed there every year since 1949.
Von Berlichingen married the widowed former Federal President after a long-standing friendship. The Herzog and von Berlichingen families already knew each other from the Castle Festival in Jagsthausen near Heilbronn, where the von Berlichingen family lived. Roman Herzog was the patron of the festival during his time as Federal President (1994 to 1999).