Stockholm City Theatre

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Stockholms Stadsteater, entrance from Drottninggatan

Stockholm City Theatre (Swedish: Stockholms stadsteater) is Sweden's most popular theatre stage. It was created in 1956 but the first performance was delayed until 1960. It had not yet been decided at that point where in the city the theatre would lie so the Folkets hus building at Norra Bantorget, with a temporary stage, became the first solution. However, this "temporary solution" lasted for a near thirty years until the autumn of 1990, when all activity finally moved to the present location at Sergels torg.

Stockholm City Theatre is situated in the heart of Stockholm, in the building commonly known as Kulturhuset; the large lighted glass building at Sergels torg (Sergel's Square), near the Sergel fountain and the Stockholm City roundabout. Kulturhuset is one of Stockholm's most popular public buildings and, besides the theatre, also includes small cafés, book shops, a bar and a restaurant, a library, various exhibitions, public debates, lectures, book signings, a small medieval museum, and workshops.

The theatre is Sweden's most popular stage and the theatre with the highest bookings - as well as the constant "competitor" in Stockholm to the Royal Dramatic Theatre. Stockholm City Theatre produces 30-40 productions a year on nine stages. In 2005 there were 450,000 visitors, a relatively high rate considering a population of 9 million.

Popular Swedish actors of the Stockholm City Theatre ensemble include Helena Bergström, Göran Ragnerstam, Ingvar Hirdwall, Sven Wollter, Ann Petrén and Jakob Eklund, among others.

Stages[edit]

  • Stora scenen - main stage; 550 seats
  • Lilla scenen - 323 seats
  • Klarascenen - 336 seats
  • Kafé Klara/Klara soppteater - café and lunch theatre
  • Parkteatern - the outdoor/open-air stage; free admission
  • Lagret - stage part of "Unga Klara"; founded in the 1970s; 200 seats
  • Akvariet - stage part of "Unga Klara"; founded in the 1970s; 90 seats
  • Skärholmen - stage in Skärholmen suburb, outside Stockholm city centre
  • Bryggan - intimate stage for contemporary drama and monologues; 70 seats
  • c/o - the stage for guest performances from abroad

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Coordinates: 59°19′58.08″N 18°03′55.10″E / 59.3328000°N 18.0653056°E / 59.3328000; 18.0653056