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Theatres in Helsinki

The theatrical life of Helsinki is rather various and features quite traditional performances as well as contemporary avantgard shows. The visitors of Helsinki are usually interested in both these types of theatrical activities. The opera and ballet fans are welcome to visit the traditional Finnish National Opera and Alexander Theater. Those who prefer contemporary performances and unusual experiments will be pleased with the Savoy Theater. Children and their parents are usually delighted to visit the Sampo Puppet Theater.


Alexander Theater
The Alexander Theatre on Bulevardi dates from 1879. This building formerly housed the National Opera, and has been since handed over to the Cultural Office. When the National Opera moved into its new building, the Alexander Theatre was supposed to be a dance theatre.

Finnish National Opera
The popularity of opera and ballet in Finland increases every year. The most important annual event in the life of Finnish opera is the Savonlinna Opera Festival held in the medieval Olavinlinna Castle in Eastern Finland.

Finnish National Theater
The Finnish National Theater is situated in the very heart of Helsinki - in Rautatientori Square. Being founded in 1872 as the first Finnish-language professional theatre, the National Theater is the oldest theater in Finland.

Helsinki City Theater
The popularity of opera and ballet in Finland increases every year. The most important annual event in the life of Finnish opera is the Savonlinna Opera Festival held in the medieval Olavinlinna Castle in Eastern Finland.

Sampo Puppet Theater
The Sampo Puppet Theater is a professional theatre company based in Helsinki and was founded in 1977 by Maija and Bojan Baric. Both co-founders received their professional qualifications from the Academy of Arts of the Muses in Prague.

Savoy Theater
The Savoy Theatre right in the heart of Helsinki was completed in 1937. For 50 years, it was one of the biggest cinemas in Helsinki. In 1987, it became a stage for guest performances and is now administered by the Cultural Office.


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