Harbiye Muhsin Ertuğrul Stage

Harbiye Muhsin Ertuğrul Stage (Turkish: Harbiye Muhsin Ertuğrul Sahnesi) is a theatre venue located in Harbiye neighborhood of Şişli district in Istanbul, Turkey. It is owned by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and operated by its City Theatres (Şehir Tiyatroları) division.[1] The theatre is named in honor of the Turkish stage actor and director Muhsin Ertuğrul (1892-1979).

Harbiye Muhsin Ertuğrul Stage
Harbiye Muhsin Ertuğrul Sahnesi
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Harbiye Muhsin Ertuğrul Stage in Şişli, Istanbul, Turkey.
Harbiye Muhsin Ertuğrul Stage is located in Istanbul
Harbiye Muhsin Ertuğrul Stage
Harbiye Muhsin Ertuğrul Stage
Location of Harbiye Muhsin Ertuğrul Stage in Istanbul.
AddressHarbiye Gümüş Cad. 3
Şişli, Istanbul
Coordinates41°02′46″N 28°59′18″E / 41.046111°N 28.988333°E / 41.046111; 28.988333
OwnerIstanbul Metropolitan Municipality
OperatorŞehir Tiyatroları (City Theatres)
TypeLocal authority
Opened1964; 56 years ago (1964)
ReopenedJanuary 14, 2010; 10 years ago (2010-01-14)

The Muhsin Ertuğrul theatre was initially opened in 1964. The old building at the same location was partly demolished to make place for a bigger and modern one.[2][3] Groundbreaking took place on February 14, 2008. The construction cost ₺17 million, and the theatre was reopened on January 14, 2010.[2][3] It is adjacent to Istanbul Congress Center, a multi-level complex, which was built to host the 2009 IMF and World Bank Group Annual Meeting.[4]

The old theatre had lowered its stage curtain after a performance of Keşanlı Ali Destanı (Keşanlı Ali’s Epic), a musical play by the renowned Turkish playwright Haldun Taner (1915-1986). It was also the same musical play that was staged on the reopening of the new theatre venue.[2][3]


The covered area of the new theatre building is double so big as of the old building. It has a 400 m2 (4,300 sq ft) foyer.[1]

The heatre has a rotating stage and an orchestra pit. Six dressing rooms for actors, two rehearsal rooms, and rooms for lighting and sound personnel are incorporated in the building.[5] The auditorium has a seating capacity of 598.[1][2][3]

The theater is connected with Istanbul Congress Center, and with a passage to Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Center across the street, which is closed to traffic. A car park capable of 1,000 vehicles is available under the building.[5]

Past productionsEdit

  • Keşanlı Ali Destanı (Keşanlı Ali’s Epic) by Haldun Taner (2008, 2010)[2][3]
  • Yaşar Ne Yaşar Ne Yaşamaz by Aziz Nesin Musical (Dec 11-15, 2013)[6]
  • Ali Baba ve Kırk Haramiler (Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves) by Can Doğan (Dec 14-15, 2013)[7]
  • Lysistrata (Kadınlar Da Savaşırsa) by Aristophanes (Dec 18-22, 2013)[8]
  • Pırtlatan Bal by Aziz Nesin Children's (Dec 21-29, 2013)[9]
  • Şark Dişçisi by Hagop Baronian Musical (Dec 25-29, 2013)[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Harbiye Muhsin Ertuğrul Sahnesi" (in Turkish). İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi. Retrieved 2013-12-09.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Muhsin Ertuğrul Theater reopens with 'Keşanlı Ali's Epic'". Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Muhsin Ertuğrul Theater reopens with 'Keşanlı Ali's Epic'". Hürriyet Daily News. 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
  4. ^ ""Cami yapacağımızı iddia ettiler"". Sabah (in Turkish). 2010-01-16. Retrieved 2013-12-09.
  5. ^ a b Ay, Hasan. "İşte yeni Muhsin Ertuğrul Sahnesi". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-12-09.
  6. ^ "Yaşar Ne Yaşar Ne Yaşamaz Müzikal" (in Turkish). İstanbul. Retrieved 2013-12-09.
  7. ^ "Ali Baba ve Kırk Haramiler" (in Turkish). İstanbul. Retrieved 2013-12-09.
  8. ^ "Lysistrata 'Kadınlar Da Savaşırsa'" (in Turkish). İstanbul. Retrieved 2013-12-09.
  9. ^ "Pırtlatan Bal - Çocuk Oyunu" (in Turkish). İstanbul. Retrieved 2013-12-09.
  10. ^ "Şark Dişçisi - Müzikal Oyun" (in Turkish). İstanbul. Retrieved 2013-12-09.