Latvian National Theatre

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Latvian National Theatre
General information
Architectural styleHistoricism
Town or cityRiga
Construction started1899
ClientRiga City Council
Design and construction
ArchitectAugust Reinberg

The Latvian National Theater is a theater in Riga, Latvia. It has been going since November 30, 1919. The theatre was built in 1902 as the 2nd Riga City Theater. The building is in the eclectic style and is an architectural and artistic monument.

After the Soviet occupation of Latvia in 1940, the theater was renamed the LPSR State Drama Theater. The German occupiers renamed it "Rīgas Dramatic Theatre". In 1946, the coat of arms of the city of Riga was removed from the facade and the coat of arms of the LPSR put up instead. In 1988, 3 years before Latvia regained its independence the government agreed to change its name back to Latvian National Theatre.

The Great Hall can seat 850 people, the Actor's Hall - 100 people. The theatre has 44 actors, 21 freelance actors and 14 directors.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "National Theatre | LiveRiga". Retrieved 2023-08-22.