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The National Theatre of Iceland

The National Theatre of Iceland has been a leading institution on the Icelandic theatre scene ever since it opened formally on 20 April 1950.

Today the theatre has three separate venues: the Main Stage (Stóra sviðið, 500 seats), the Black Box (Kassinn, 130 seats) and the Small Stage for Children (Kúlan, 80 seats).

The National theatre produces around ten new productions each season, comprising a varied repertoire of new Icelandic works, new foreign works, Icelandic and foreign classics, musicals, operas and children’s productions. The theatre also collaborates with independent theatre and dance groups. The theatre serves an important role in the development of new Icelandic plays, and aims to develop youngsters’ appreciation of the theatre through productions especially intended for children and youth.

Each season, one of the National Theatre’s productions is taken on a national tour. In recent years many productions have also toured abroad, most recently “Kitchen by Measure” at the Royal Danish Theatre (2006), “The Green House” in the Faroe Islands (2006), “Peer Gynt” at the Ibsen Festival in Oslo (2006), at the Barbican Centre in London (2007) and Bozar in Brussels (2008), “The Sea Museum” at the Centre Dramatique National d’Orléans (2009) and “Shimmer the Silver Fish” at the BIBU festival in Sweden (2010). The artistic director of The National Theatre is Ms. Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir.


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