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Gothenburg City Theatre

The oldest city theatre in the country.

Gothenburg City Theatre is Sweden’s oldest theatre, and one of the country’s largest dramatic theatres, with the mission to engage, spark debates, entertain and invite reflection. Here you can see classic plays and and newly written drama, from Sweden and abroad. There are also special performances, talks, debates, concerts and other events to choose from.

The building, which is now protected as a listed building, opened in 1934 and is designed by Carl Bergsten. The architecture is a mix of 1920s classicism and 1930s functionalism. Inside and outside, you’ll find beautiful art deco elements. The house has been gradually renovated, remodeled, extended and adapted to present needs, most recently in 2020–2021.

A completely new restaurant, more bars, better accessibility, and a modern, more flexible, stage room for the small stage are some of the updated features.

All changes are made very carefully, with respect to the building’s cultural historical value. The original tapestry in one of the bars has been restored and the ticket office in the entrance hall has regained some of its original features that welcomed the audience back in 1934.

Gothenburg City Theatre is found on the square Götaplatsen, next to Gothenburg Concert Hall, the Gothenburg Museum of Art and the magnificent statue Poseidon. There are four different stages: the main stage, the small stage, the studio and the foyer stage.

Backa Teater, at Lindholmen, stages productions primarily for children and young adults, and is also a part of Gothenburg City Theatre.

Credits: Ola Kjelbye