Venues

THE SMALL STAGE (VÄIKE SAAL)
Brought into use in the year 1975, the Small Stage is the oldest performance space and the former main stage of the City Theatre. It is a black box with a balcony on one side, which gives the directors an opportunity to use different levels. Elmo Nüganen’s production of Unfinished Piece for Player Piano (set design by Vladimir Anshon) is famous by including also the adjoining rooms to the performance. The Small Stage seats 88 spectators. Entrance: 23 Lai Street.



HEAVEN THEATRE (TAEVALAVA) 
Heaven Theatre is the largest performance space in the whole theatre complex. The first performance there took place in the year 1992, however, the hall itself, then called the Attic Theatre, was nothing but a tumbledown loft, partly filled with debris. In December 1999 the Heaven Theatre was reopened after radical renovations, equipped with new stage and lighting equipment. It was inaugurated with William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by Elmo Nüganen. Heaven Theatre seats 150-199 spectators. Entrance: 21 Lai Street.



HELL THEATRE (PÕRGULAVA)
This venue, situated six meters under ground, was born in connection with the construction works for a new theatre house, which was never built – it was originally planned as the understage space. With its unusual triangular shape Hell Theatre offers an interesting challenge for directors and set designers. The venue was inaugurated in the autumn of 1997 with Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny Opera, directed by Adolf Shapiro. Hell Theatre seats up to 198 spectators. Entrance: 23 Lai Street.



CHAMBER THEATRE (KAMMERSAAL)
The small and cosy Chamber Theatre, situated in the farther wing of the City Theatre, was opened in 1999 with Eero Spriit’s production of The Grey Man by Gill Adams. At present it's reserved solely for Mladen Kiselov's production of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? that premièred in 2010. The Chamber Theatre seats 60 spectators. Entrance: 19 Lai Street.



OPEN-AIR STAGE (LAVAAUK)
The City Theatre’s inner court is an ideal place for open-air performances. Medieval buildings around it add greatly to the attraction. The Open-Air Stage was inaugurated in 1995 with Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers, directed by Elmo Nüganen. The Open-Air Stage seats approximately 400 spectators. Entrance: 23 Lai Street.



THE HORSE MILL (HOBUVESKI)
The Horse Mill, situated in the end of Lai Street, has been used as a theatre venue since 2003. It was inaugurated with Mandragora, a production based on Doris Kareva’s poems, directed by Jaanus Rohumaa, and since then it has been employed regularly for performances. With its medieval look, the Horse Mill creates an authentic historical atmosphere. It was built in the 14th Century and has an unusual circular shape. During the first centuries the building was used for grinding grain, and later for storage. In addition to theatrical performances, the venue is also available for concerts, presentations and other events. The Horse Mill seats approximately 100 spectators. Address: 47, Lai Street.



DIELE
The lobby of the City Theatre’s main building in 23 Lai Street is called the diele. This is an architectural term designating a large hall on the ground floor of a medieval merchant’s house. The Diele has not always been used only as entrance hall and cloakroom; it has also served as a stage for performances. In 1994 Elmo Nüganen directed William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet there, which became one of legendary productions of the City Theatre. The Diele has also welcomed guest performers – during the Midwinter Night’s Dream festival in December 2000 it was the stage for Hungarian National Opera’s performance The Cinderella. Entrance: 23 Lai Street.