Nacionalinis Kauno dramos teatras

The Originals

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The Main Stage


The National Kaunas Drama Theatre is the oldest professional theatre in Lithuania which was founded on the 19th of December, 1920.

During its years of existence, the cradle of professional drama survived the change of different names. In November of 2012 it gained the status of  the national theatre for nurturing national dramaturgy, consistent educational activity and repertoire which distinguished by its idiosyncratic creative touch. Thus, now this theatre is called The National Kaunas Drama Theatre.

The history and the present of this theatre is marked by names of such eminent directors such as H. Vancevičius, J. Jurašas, J. Vaitkus, G. Padegimas and G. Varnas. Directors of younger generation such as A. Jankevičius, Vidas Bareikis, Eglė Kižaitė are also actively and productively  creating and realizing their ideas. The theatre’s troupe consists of 33 actors as well as visiting actors.

The theatre was established instead of the former  “Metropolitan” cinema which was situated in an Art Deco style building, dating 1928. At present the interior of this building is revived and has changed after the renovation. Yet, it has not lost the aura of the former theatre. Spectators see the redecorated interior, new spaces for performances and the cafe. The main Stage Lobby is used for art exhibitions. After the renovation of workshops and the Main Stage, the modernization of stage equipment, sound and lighting systems and the establishment of a hall for rehearsals, the theatre has deserved the status of the most modern theatre in the entire Baltic region.

At present four stages located in the main building and the smaller stages in wing building are used. They are the Main Stage, the Small Stage, Ruta’s Hall, the Long Hall. Each season about 350 events take place and 60 000 spectators visit the National Kaunas Drama Theatre. During a season spectators can enjoy 5 to 6 openings, an educational festival for young people “Dive Into the Theatre” and at least one international festival or project.

The repertoire consists of 30 plays for children, young people and adults. The active season of the theatre lasts from September till June.

Season 97:

Waking Up Dead by Henrik Ibsen. Director Monika Klimaitė, October 29-30, 2016

Fiorenza by Thomas Mann. Director Jonas Vaitkus, December 8-9, 2016

Žalgirės by Gabrielė Labanauskaitė-Diena. Director Vidas Bareikis, March 17-18, 2016

Hi, Fox! By Evelina Daciūtė story Director Eglė Kižaitė, June 1-2, 2017

Season 98:

The Blue Bird  by Maurice Maeterlinck. Director Vaidotas Martinaitis, September 9, 10, 17, 2017

Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. Director Gintaras Varnas, December 8, 9 and 29, 2017

Our Thown Based on Thornton Wilder’s play “Our Town”. Director Darius Rabašauskas, January 4, 2018

Four The play is based on the excerpt from Chapayev and Pustota by Victor Pelevin. Director Kamilė Gudmonaitė,  January 5, 6 and 18, 2018

I – Moliére  Based on Moliére’s comedy “The Imaginary Invalid” and his biography. Director Inesa Paliulytė. February 3, 4 and 13, 2018

Midsummer Based on William Shakespeare’s play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Director Eglė Kižaitė. February 14, 18, 20,2018

In a rush by Daiva Čepauskaitė. Director Eglė Kižaitė. April 12, 13 and 29, 2018

The Locals Scripted by Birutė Kapustinskaitė based on the works of Kahlilo Gibrano. Director Paulius Markevičius. June 1, 2 and 7, 2018 



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THE VISIT moved from 2020 04 26



FOUR moved from 2020 04 28


GHETTO moved from 2020 04 09

THE STREET OF ANDERSEN moved from 2020 04 19

ASTRID moved from 2020 05 16

DANGEROUS LIAISONS moved from 2020 04 25

THE LOCALS moved from 2020 05 16

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