Vanemuine Theatre

The construction of the theatre building was initiated by J. Tõnisson and completed with the financial support of the Estonian building. It was built according to a project by the Finnish architect A. Lindgren and became one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings in Tartu. The building was completed in 1906. Here, with the production of Tuulte pöörises by A. Kitzberg, began the story of Vanemuine as the first professional theatre in Estonia. The sculpture of the legendary theatre director K. Menning on the terrace of the theatre cafe was erected to celebrate the 100th anniversary of this. Vanemuine Theatre was also an important venue for events before World War I. The current building was completed in 1967 to replace the building which was destroyed in World War II.

The construction of the theatre building was initiated by J. Tõnisson and completed with the financial support of the Estonian building. It was built according to a project by the Finnish architect A. Lindgren and became one of the most beautiful Art

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  • Modern theatre at its' best

    We went to see The Nutcracker there and I was blown away by how simple going to the theatre is in this theatre, now queues, free coat hanging and boot storage - the Estonians, dress up for the...

  • Delightful live venue

    Perfect sized theatre for live ballet and drama. Saw 'The Man Who Knew Snakeish' a new work in Estonian (I only speak English) but loved this contemporary execution of a modern Eesti classic. & also...

  • Excellent Les Miserables

    Vanemuine is the oldest theater in Estonia, which has three different houses - Vanemuine's Grand building, Vanemuise's small historical building and the Harbour Theater on the shore of Emajõgi. The...


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