Helsinki City Theatre

The Helsinki City Theatre (Finnish: Helsingin Kaupunginteatteri; Swedish: Helsingfors stadsteater) is a theatre located in Helsinki, Finland. Owned by the Helsinki Theatre Foundation, it calls itself a "modern popular bilingual repertoire theatre."[1]

Helsinki City Theatre
Helsingin Kaupunginteatteri
Helsingin Kaupunginteatteri.jpg
The theatre, as viewed from the southeast
Helsinki City Theatre is located in Helsinki (mainland)
Helsinki City Theatre
Helsinki City Theatre
The location of the theatre in Helsinki
AddressKaikukatu 4
Coordinates60°10′55″N 24°56′33″E / 60.18194°N 24.94250°E / 60.18194; 24.94250Coordinates: 60°10′55″N 24°56′33″E / 60.18194°N 24.94250°E / 60.18194; 24.94250
OwnerHelsinki Theatre Foundation
2625 across 6 stages
  • 947 (big stage)
    500 (Arena stage)
    347 (small stage)
    324 (studio Pasila)
    267 (Lilla Teatern)
    240 (studio Elsa)
OpenedSeptember 1967 (1967-09)
Expanded1989, 2001, 2005, 2010
ArchitectTimo Penttilä
Theatre at nightfall (September 2017)

The Helsinki City Theatre is the only Finnish representative in the European Theatre Convention.[2] In addition to drama and musicals, the theatre operates a concert dance oriented branch, the Helsinki Dance Company.

Annual figures reported by the theatre include 20 new productions, 1,100 performances, and 350,000 spectators.[1] The theatre has 250 permanent members of staff, and operates across 6 stages.[1]


The theatre has its roots in two organizations: Helsingin Työväenteatteri ("Workers' Theatre of Helsinki", established in 1902) and Helsingin Kansanteatteri (People's Theatre of Helsinki, established in 1934). These two merged in 1948 to form Helsingin Kansanteatteri-Työväenteatteri ("People's and Workers' Theatre of Helsinki"), which eventually transitioned into the Helsinki City Theatre in 1964. The rebranding was largely a result of the emergence of the Helsinki Theatre Foundation, who owns the theatre, and whose members are elected by the City Council of Helsinki.[1]

Prior to 1965, the Helsinki City Theatre operated on third-party stages, after which the organization chose to construct a theatre building of their own. They held an architectural competition for the design of the new building, which was won by Timo Penttilä. The building designed by Penttilä opened in 1967. In 1989, an annex building was constructed, which was also designed by Penttilä's architectural firm.[1]


  • Big stage (Finnish: Suuri näyttämö) — 947 seats
  • Arena stage — 500 seats
  • Small stage (Finnish: Pieni näyttämö)— 347 seats
  • Studio Pasila — 324 seats
  • Lilla Teatern — 267 seats
  • Studio Elsa — 240 seats

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Helsinki City Theatre". Helsinki Theatre Foundation. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Musikaali juhlimisesta, hyvästä olosta, välittämisestä ja rakkaudesta". March 2022.

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