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State Theatre of Northern Greece (Royal Theatre)

It is the permanent home of the State Theatre of Northern Greece.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    1940 Construction of the Royal Theatre, designed by Konstantinos Doxiadis.

    1961 On January 13, STNG was founded, headed by Socrates Karantinos (director).

    1973 Launch of STNG's drama school, which provides free theatre education.

    1996 STNG becomes a member of the European Theatres Union.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1912)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

The Royal Theatre is the permanent home of the State Theatre of Northern Greece (STNG), which originally used the building of the Society for Macedonian Studies as its headquarters. It has a 721 seat capacity and includes extended foyers, which cover a total area of 2,000 square metres. These foyers host temporary exhibitions. It is a modern building, which also incorporates elements from the city’s architectural past. Despite its innovative features for its time (eg rotating stage, hall’s conversion from summer to winter), it morphologically failed to be fully integrated into the surrounding area.

What I can't see

It was originally designed as a summer theatre for the country’s only state theatre (i.e. the Royal, and later, National Theatre of Greece, in Athens). During the Second World War, it was used for artistic events by the Germans. After the German occupation, it hosted renowned performances and was repaired twice until it reached its current form. The institution of the State Theatre of Northern Greece came later, launched in the summer of 1961 with Sophocles’ tragedy “Oedipus the King”, which was performed at the ancient theatre of Philippi in eastern Macedonia. In December of the same year, performances began in Thessaloniki. The STNG’s objective is to present and teach great Greek and foreign plays in Northern Greece and across the country. It broke ground as the first theatre in Greece with an alternating repertory, while a series of “literary mornings” were also established. In the past, there was a “tendency” to decentralize its activities through collaborations with the Theatres of Thrace (in Komotini) and Eastern Macedonia (in Serres). A children’s theatre was also established, which nowadays hosts a new style of puppetry shows, as well as performances by the dance group “Aenaon Dance Theatre” (1982) and the Opera of Thessaloniki (1997), which recently merged with the STNG.



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State Theatre of Northern Greece, (2010), Βασιλικό Θέατρο- Ιστορικό, [The Royal Theatre- History]

Last visit 25/6/2014