Finnish National Theater (Suomen Kansallisteatteri), Helsinki

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The Finnish National Theatre (Finnish: Suomen Kansallisteatteri), established in 1872, is a theatre located in central Helsinki on the northern side of the Helsinki Central Railway Station Square. The Finnish National Theatre is the oldest Finnish speaking professional theatre in Finland. It was known as the Finnish Theatre until 1902, when it was renamed the Finnish National Theatre.

For the first thirty years of its existence, the theatre functioned primarily as a touring company. The theatre did not acquire a permanent home until 1902, when a purpose-built structure was erected in the heart of Helsinki, adjacent to the city's main railway station. The building hosting the Finnish National Theatre today was completed in 1902 and designed by architect Onni Tarjanne in the National Romantic style, inspired by romantic nationalism. The theatre still operates in these premises today, and over the years the building has expanded from its original size to encompass another three permanent stages. In addition to the Main Stage (Suuri näyttämö), the theatre comprises the Small Stage (Pieni näyttämö) built in 1954 (by architects Heikki Siren and Kaija Siren), the Willensauna Stage built in 1976, and the Omapohja studio built in 1987. The theatre is often associated with the Finnish national romantic writer Aleksis Kivi, as the Aleksis Kivi Memorial is located in front of it.

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  • The Finnish National Theatre is a suitably ornate early 20th Century building that sits adjacent to the railway station in the centre of town. I am told there are a variety of different performances.....  more »
  • The iconic Art Nouveau building has stood by the square from 1902 beside the railway station of the same period. Generations of Finnish thespian families have performed here keeping the standards...  more »
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  • Home of many quality theater performances in Finland, maybe the most recognised. Its history goes back to the late 19th century. The building itself stands out by the Railway Square in the center of the capital city. It is worth visiting also inside.
  • An old, beautiful theater that unfortunately has no updated its facilities: patrons face the ridiculous problem of several bars and very few toilets. Also the the flat profile of the stand will be a problem - if you are sitting behind any tallish person.

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