Drama theatre

The actual date that the theatre was built is unknown. However, in city plans dating back to the 18th century, near Dane, there is a square-shaped building named “Comedy House”, which was most likely used for war purposes. It stood on government property, who paid their taxes, which means that the owner of the building was a magistrate. Some scholars claim that the theatre in the Comedy House has been open since 1777, which was later home for the Berlin theatre group. The fate of the Comedy House is unknown. In place of the current Theatre square, centuries ago, there used to be the mouth of the Dane river.

The revival of theatre life in Klaipeda began in 1818, with the arrival of the German Ulbrich, who set up a 200-seat hall and opened a theatre after getting permission from a forest sales company to use the temporary wooden building. On the initiative of merchants Rupelis and Voitkovicius and their stock company, they acquired a plot of land and at the end of 1918, a new brick theatre was finished, in the current theatre is location. It was a two-storey Classicism-style building with an attic room. However, in a fire in 1854, the theatre burned down. The remnants were bought by the merchant Mason, who built a new building on the older foundation, of which at least three facades are still standing. At the beginning of World War l, the theatre was closed.

The actual opening of the drama theatre is considered to be in 1935, when the then-closed Šiauliai theatre troupe moved to the seaport. Called the Klaipeda National Theatre, it was open until the spring of 1939 (the annexation of Klaipeda). After the war, the image of the theatre was rebuilt from the ground up. On October 1st, 1945, the Klaipeda Musical Comedy Theatre was founded. In 1949, the theatre was renamed as the Klaipeda Musical Drama Theatre; from 1951 onwards – Klaipeda Drama Theatre.

Today, there are 40 actors in the theatre. Since 1990, after 8 years of capital reconstruction of the theater building, there are two - The Main (450 seats) and The Second (150 seats) halls. The stage of the Second Hall offers unique equipment with creative opportunities for film directors.

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