Rustaveli Theatre

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Rustaveli National Theatre
Rustaveli National Theater in Georgia (Europe), built 19th century in Rococo style.jpg
Theater as seen in 2010
General information
Type Performance venue
Architectural style Baroque, Rococo
Location Tbilisi, Georgia
Completed 1887
Owner Government of Georgia
Design and construction
Architect Cornell K. Tatishchev, Aleksander Szymkiewicz

Rustaveli National Theatre (Georgian: შოთა რუსთაველის სახელობის აკადემიური თეატრი) is the largest and one of the oldest theaters of Georgia, located in its capital Tbilisi on Rustaveli Avenue. Housed in an ornate Rococo-style edifice, since 1921 the theater has carried the name of Georgia's national poet Rustaveli.

History and Architecture[edit]

The building was originally founded in 1879 as an "Artists' Society." Upon request of the "Artists' Society" several celebrated artists were commissioned to paint frescoes on the walls and ceilings of the basement. These artists included prominent Georgian painters Lado Gudiashvili and David Kakabadze, as well as theatre set designer Serge Sudeikin, who is known for his work for the Ballets Russes and the Metropolitan Opera. Two other important Georgian painters, Mose and Iracly Toidze, eventually joined the project as well. Unfortunately, the unique masterpieces that once adorned the lower level of the Rustaveli Theatre were whitewashed during the period of Soviet rule and only a small portion of the frescoes has been able to be restored.

From 2002 to 2005 the theatre underwent a thorough renovation, which was largely funded by Georgian businessman, Bidzina Ivanishvili.

Performance facilities[edit]

The theatre is currently home to three stages including, the main stage (about 800 seats), the small stage (300 seats) and a Black Box Theatre (182 seats) for experimental performances. The theatre is also available for conferences and events and houses a large ballroom, a small ballroom and a small foyer.

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Coordinates: 41°41′59″N 44°47′52″E / 41.69972°N 44.79778°E / 41.69972; 44.79778