National Theatre of Iceland

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Þjóðleikhúsið (National Theatre)
Þjóðleikhúsið (National Theatre) is located in Iceland
Þjóðleikhúsið (National Theatre)
Þjóðleikhúsið (National Theatre)
Location within Iceland
Address Hverfisgata 19
Coordinates 64°08′49″N 21°55′48″W / 64.147048°N 21.92988°W / 64.147048; -21.92988
Type National theatre

Stóra sviðið (The Main Stage), 500 seats
Kassinn (The Black Box), 140 seats
Leikhúskjallarinn (Theatre Cellar), 120 seats

Kúlan (Children Stage), 80 seats
Opened 1950
Architect Guðjón Samúelsson

The National Theatre of Iceland (Icelandic: Þjóðleikhúsið, pronounced [ˈθjou̯ːðlɛi̯kˌhuːsɪð]) in Reykjavík, is the national theatre of Iceland. The theater, designed by Guðjón Samúelsson, was formally opened on April 20, 1950. Since 2015, the artistic director of The National Theatre is Ari Matthíasson.


The NTI performs around thirty productions each season (new productions, re-premieres and guest performances), comprising a varied repertoire of new Icelandic works, new foreign works, Icelandic and foreign classics, musicals, dance pieces and children’s productions. The theatre produces around 10 new productions each year, and 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.

Touring Productions[edit]

The NTI often tours its productions around Iceland and in recent years many productions have also toured abroad, including:

Artistic Directors of The National Theatre[edit]

1949-1972 Guðlaugur Rósinkranz
1972-1983 Sveinn Einarsson
1983-1991 Gísli Alfreðsson
1991-2004 Stefán Baldursson
2005-2014 Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir
2015- Ari Matthíasson


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