Situated in the heart of the city, Klaipeda Drama Theater is one of the region's premiere venues for a variety of events. From concerts to shows to receptions, a wealth of performances are hosted here. With all the amenities for a memorable occasion, this modern concert hall also boasts fashionable conference rooms and an expansive foyer. The hall's specialized sound and lighting equipment are ideal for classical music concerts.
Discover the oldest theater building in Lithuania in the wetlands of DanėKlaipeda
Drama theater stands at the mouth of the river, surrounded by the wetlands of Danė estuaries. It is not known when the building was originally built. In the 18th century city plans, there is a square-planned building near the trenches of castle and Danė marked as "The House of Comedy ", which was used for military purposes in the past. According to some sources, the theater was operational in 1977 at "The House of Comedy.
The new beginning of the theater came in 1818 with the arrival of a German man named Ulbrich. A forest trade company allowed him to use one wooden temporary building where he equipped a hall with 200 seats and opened a theater. Unfortunately, the theater was destroyed in a fire in 1854, and after reconstruction the theater became the fine neo-classic building that we can partly admire today. The drama theater supposedly opened in 1935, when the then-closed Šiauliai theater troupe moved to the seaport. Called the Klaipeda National Theatre, it stayed open until the spring of 1939, date of the annexation of Klaipeda (also known as the Memel Territory). Hitler himself proclaimed the Anschluss from the theater's balcony. The theater was closed during World War II. It was reopened in 1945 after the war with a new image as the Klaipeda Musical Comedy Theater was founded. The theater was later renamed as the Klaipeda Musical Drama Theatre; and from 1951 onwards, it has been known as Klaipeda Drama Theatre.
Lithuanian culture under the spotlight
After eight years of renovations, two halls were created - The Main (with 450 seats) and The Second (with 150 seats). The stage of the Second Hall offers unique equipment with creative opportunities for film directors. Today, the Drama Theatre is a major cultural hub, putting on a wide range of plays in Lithuanian (no worries, subtitles will help you understand the plot), performed by a troupe of 40 actors.