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Theatre & Dance in Zagreb

As the sun sets in Zagreb, theatres are the best places to visit for a cultural showcase of Croatian vivacity. Even though there are theatres that don't support English language, a few like the Croatian National Theatre; perform shows both in English as well as Croatian.

Every theatre has its own distinctive style, but put together, they all display the opulence of Zagreb's developed theatre life. Whether it is comedy, drama, opera, ballet, a contemporary play or a puppet show, Zagreb offers you a fantastic choice of theatrical selection.

Croatian National Theatre (Hrvatsko narodno kazalište)
Croatian National Theatre

Croatian National Theatre (Hrvatsko narodno kazalište)

The Croatian National Theatre is a theatre, opera and ballet house located in Zagreb. Also known as ‘HNK Zagreb’, this elegant theatre showcases the classic neo-baroque architecture. The exterior, as well as the interior of the theatre, displays fine workmanship and eye for detail, where you will find The Well of Life fountain at the entrance designed by Ivan Meštrović. The theatre was designed by Viennese architects Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer. The Croatian National Theatre hosts world-famous artists, from opera singers to international ballet performances, each providing their own unique experience.

Address: Trg Republike Hrvatske 15, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Gavella City Drama Theater (Gradsko dramsko kazalište Gavella)
Gavella Drama Theatre

Gavella City Drama Theater (Gradsko dramsko kazalište Gavella)

Gavella Drama Theatre opened in 1954, in Zagreb in Frankopanska Street as the successor of “Helios” cinema. The theatre is known for its unconventional beginning when young rebellious artists and directors left the HNK Zagreb. Dr. Branko Gavella led the movement, and the theatre is named after this well-known theatre director and critic. The Gavella Drama Theatre includes a variety of acts from Crime and Punishment, to more lighthearted plays. With the dedicated cast and crew, this theatre has raised the quality and perception of contemporary drama in Zagreb.

Address: Frankopanska 10, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Tel.: +385 1 484 9222

Komedija Theater (Kazalište Komedija)
Komedija Theater

Komedija Theater (Kazalište Komedija)

Located a short walk away from the Main Square and the Cathedral, this small and cosy theatre is a local favourite in the city of Zagreb. This old theatre has been quite popular especially with the introduction of ‘Cabaret’ performances in the theatre. The musical performances and comedies are also well known despite the small capacity of the theatre. With a variety of performances being held, the Komedija Theatre is perfect for an audience of every age.

Address: Kaptol 9, Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb Youth Theatre (Zagrebačko kazalište mladih)
Zagreb Youth Theatre

Zagreb Youth Theatre (Zagrebačko kazalište mladih)

The Zagreb Youth Theatre (ZKM Theatre) is a modern theatre established in 1948. The prestigious theatre is well known and held in high regard outside the Croatian borders. The responsibility for this theatre is to include plays popular not only for adults, as is tradition but to also include and create acts which cater to the younger audience. They have also included segments including disabled and social disadvantaged people. The ZKM Theatre always pushes the envelope for both, the artists and the audience. With its multiple workshops and new viewing concept programs, the theatre is regarded as a place where the whole family can view a performance.

Address: Teslina 7, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb Puppet Theatre (Zagrebačko kazalište lutaka)
Zagreb Puppet Theatre

Zagreb Puppet Theatre (Zagrebačko kazalište lutaka)

Founded in 1948, the Zagreb Puppet Theatre is perhaps the oldest professional puppet theatre in Zagreb. Since its inception, the theatre has steadily become known over the past 59 years for its extensive talent and skill of the poets, directors, performers, writers etc. not only in Croatia but also abroad. With over 60 different employees, the 200 seat theatre complete with a high tech stage, is serving as a platform not only for teaching the young generation about moral issues, but also entertaining adults with live acts including the opera, concert and dance performances in its restored new venue.

Address: Trg kralja Tomislava 19, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Exit Theatre (Kazalište izlaza)
Exit Theatre

Exit Theatre (Kazalište izlaza)

Exit Theatre is a well-known theatre of Zagreb founded in 1994. With over 20 years of existence, this place has been committed to showcasing the culture of Zagreb, not only in Croatia but also abroad. The theatre boasts of having achieved over 80 awards and nominations for its performances, directors etc. Over the years, the Exit Theatre has become a known symbol in changing the way people normally view a theatre act. The theatre engages the audience, by dealing with important social topics, allowing the audience and the performer to question what is right or wrong, and reflecting within oneself.

Address: Ilica 208, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Kerempuh Satirical Theatre (Satirski kazalište Kerempuh)
Kerempuh Satirical Theatre

Kerempuh Satirical Theatre (Satirski kazalište Kerempuh)

The Kerempuh Satirical theatre was founded in 1964 in Zagreb by author and writer Fadil Hadžić. With a main auditorium having over 500 seats, and the second one with a capacity of over 300 seats, there is no shortage when it comes to entertaining the local audience. Set for a more mature audience, the main acts of this theatre include Croatian and international comedies. Satire Cabaret is also performed after 11 pm which focuses the discussion on social and political events. Since its inception, the theatre also makes it a point to showcase foreign talent by hosting guest appearances. Engaging the best directors, set and costume designers, the Kerempuh Satirical Theatre raises the bar when it comes to entertaining the Croatian public.

Address: Ilica 31, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia
Tel.: + 385 1 483 3354; + 385 1 483 3348

Theatre Mala Scena (Kazalište Mala Scena)
Theatre Mala Scena

Theatre Mala Scena (Kazalište Mala Scena)

The Theatre Mala Scena is a known Croatian theatre that focuses its interests and caters to the younger audience. The theatre has a sole importance in entertaining and encouraging young minds from the age of 0-15years. With a growing world around, Mala Scena Theatre has a mission to empower the children, educate them in matters of moral and worldly importance and to help them boldly overcome any problems through all their programs and performances. Not only that, but they give importance to also engage the family as a whole and improve the communication gap between various generations in the family.

Address: Medveščak 2, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Tel.: +385 1 4683 352, +385 1 4683 373, +385 1 4683 944

Trešnja Municipal Theatre (Općinsko kazalište Cherry)
Trešnja Municipal Theatre

Trešnja Municipal Theatre (Općinsko kazalište Cherry)

Initially known for its amateur days of playing performances, the Trešnja Municipal Theatre has now become known as one of the best and most famous professional children’s theatre not only Zagreb but also in Croatia. In the beginning, the theatre was known for its drama plays, but over the years the performances have gotten bigger and better, including musical and dance acts allowing for a more visual variety of acts for the children. With famous hits such as Pinocchio and Cinderella, the theatre is known to bring a smile on every child’s face.

Address: Selska cesta, 10110, Zagreb, Croatia
Tel.: +385 1 363 8556, +385 1 363 8008, +385 1 363 8010

Dubrava Cultural Centre (Dubrava Kulturni centar)
Dubrava Cultural Centre

Dubrava Cultural Centre (Dubrava Kulturni centar)

The Dubrava Cultural Centre was founded in Zagreb, in 1958. Based in Dubrava, in the eastern part of Zagreb, there is a rich multiethnic community which benefits the centre. Unlike other theatres, this centre has a mission of learning. The 38 employees working in the centre, from directors to teachers and journalists all strive to engage the local population in various educational, artistic and cultural activities. The cultural centre engages up to 100,000 people annually for various socio-cultural activities out of which 1800 participate locally in educational programs. The Dubrava Cultural Centre is one of the biggest cultural institutions in Zagreb and even Croatia.

Address: 10040 Zagreb, Croatia

Žar Ptica Municipal Theatre (Gradsko kazalište Žar Ptica)
Žar Ptica Municipal Theatre

Žar Ptica Municipal Theatre (Gradsko kazalište Žar Ptica)

The Žar Ptica is a respected theatre which began in 1981. The theatre is well known for plays for children and young people in Croatia. Founded by Tomica Milanovski, the 200 seat hall is well known in Zagreb. Since 2000, when the current headmaster Marija Skelez founded the NAJ,NAJ,NAJ festival, the theatre has become internationally known. Many schoolchildren and parents are encouraged to celebrate winter holidays and many free shows are performed. Also during the spring holidays every year, the children enjoy the domestic and world theatre productions all free of charge.

Address: Bijenička 97, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

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