Slovenian National Theatre Drama Ljubljana


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Slovensko narodno gledališče Drama Ljubljana (SNG Drama Ljubljana)
Erjavčeva 1, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 252 1462
Fax386 (0) 1 252 3885
Founded byGovernment of the Republic of Slovenia
Igor Samobor, Director
Phone386 (0) 1 252 1479
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The Slovenian National Theatre Drama Ljubljana (shortens to SNT Drama Ljubljana in English) is one of the nine professional repertoire theatres in Slovenia and at the same time the oldest of the three theatres founded by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. Being the major drama theatre in Slovenia, the theatre's repertoire includes contemporary, classical, and experimental drama works of Slovene and foreign playwrights.

The ensemble includes 49 permanent members though a dozen retired members of the ensemble as well as students of the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT) regularly appear in the theatre's productions. The theatre annually presents 10 to 14 new productions, while the repertory commonly consists of over twenty performances. SNT Drama Ljubljana has presented its successful productions in more than 20 countries around the world.


With its formal status as a national statutory institution, SNT Drama Ljubljana has been declared heir to the noble tradition of the Slovene Dramatic Society which staged the first performance in the Slovene language in the premises of the Ljubljana Reading Society on 24 October 1867. Since its conception, the theatre has been organised under a number of names. Thus the Dramatic Society subsequently became the Provincial Theatre in Ljubljana and was renamed the National Theatre in Ljubljana in 1918, in 1919 it was renamed to Royal Theatre and in 1920 again National Theatre. During World War II, it operated under the names State Theatre and the Slovene National Theatre on Liberated Territory and after the war, the Drama of the Slovene National Theatre in Ljubljana. It acquired its current name in 1992.


Over the last decade, SNT Drama Ljubljana focused its repertory to most demanding works of classical authors, to modern dramatic works, and non-commercial European and Slovene contemporary dramatic texts, which were predominantly staged in line with contemporary performing practices, thus keeping the theatre's repertory in touch with contemporary European theatre. To this purpose, SNT Drama commissioned a number of younger directors with new poetics and aesthetics.

Plays by Slovene authors are regularly included in the programme. The most recent productions of Slovenian texts include: Alamut (staged in 2005) by Vladimir Bartol, co-produced by Salzburger Festspiele, The Class [Razred] (2006) by Matjaž Zupančič, considered the first Slovene play dealing with ramifications of contemporary capitalist society and which received the Grum Award for best play in 2006, The Life of the Provincial Playboys After the Second World War [Življenje podeželskih plejbojev po drugi svetovni vojni, 1972] (2008) by Dušan Jovanović, The Conqueror [Osvajalec] (2008) by Andrej Hieng, Supply and Demand [Ponudba in povpraševanje] (2010) by Boštjan Tadel, Vehicle [Vehikel] (2010) by Kristijan Muck, Totenbirt (2010) by Ivo Prijatelj (the Grum Award for best play in 2010), Nežka se moži [Nežka Gets Married] (2010) by Vinko Möderndorfer (the Gracious Comedy Quill Award for original Slovene comedy text at the Days of Comedy 2010 festival).

In the 2009/10 season, SNT Drama Ljubljana presented on its main stage texts by Bernard-Marie Koltès, Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, William Shakespeare, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, and Boštjan Tadel. On the small stage the programme comprised productions based on texts by Samuel Beckett, Ulrike Syha, Ernst Lubitsch, Milena Marković and Kristijan Muck.

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The 2010/11 season features on main stage texts by Eugène Ionesco, Ivo Prijatelj, Georges Feydeau, August Strindberg, William Shakespeare and Howard Barker, while on small stage the authors presented are Spiro Scimone, Sam Shepard, Oscar Wilde/John von Düffel, David Mamet and Vinko Möderndorfer. Drama pieces are directed by Boris Cavazza, Lindy Davies, Mile Korun, Eduard Miler, Silviu Purcărete, Aleksandar Popovski, Marko Sosič, Luka Martin Škof, Ajda Valcl, Jaka Andrej Vojevec and Matjaž Zupančič.

Co-productions and international guest directors

The theatre often enters co-productions with other Slovene theatres: with the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Mini Theatre, the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, Cankarjev dom, etc.

Alamut, based on the novel by Vladimir Bartol (taking place in 11th Century Persia, the novel was originally written in 1938 as an allegory of Mussolini's fascist state; 60 years later it was translated into more than 19 languages), was put on stage for the first time in co-production with Salzburger Festspiele and premièred at the main stage of SNT Drama Ljubljana in October 2005.

Eugène Ionesco's Exit the King premièred in September 2010. The performance, directed by Romanian stage director Silviu Purcărete, was produced by Les Arts et Mouvants, Cie à l’endroit des mondes allant vers and co-produced by Théâtre d’Esch (Luxemburg), Slovenian National Theatre (SNT) Drama Ljubljana, the International Festival Theater MOT (Macedonia) and Scène Nationale Bayonne Sud-Aquitain (France), while the co-funders were also French and Romanian cultural agencies.

The exchange with Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava, as well as with theatre houses in Belgrade, Serbia (Jugoslovensko dramsko pozorište, Atelje 212, Narodno pozorište) has taken place.

Among most eminent international guest directors are Janusz Kica (Polish by origin, who directed 25 stage pieces in Slovene theatre houses, works also in Mainz, Vienna and Croatia), Martin Kušej (Austria), Aleksandar Popovski (Macedonia) and Silviu Purcărete (Romania).

Festivals and tourings

The theatre regularly presents its most visible productions at Slovene theatre festivals, such as the Maribor Theatre Festival, the Week of Slovenian Drama, the Days of Comedy, the Slovene Festival of Chamber Theatre (SKUP), etc. Its performances as well as individual members of the ensemble are often awarded the highest recognition from the expert audience. Thus the Borštnik Award was given to Ivana Djilas in 2010 for her direction of Ulrike Syha's play Private Life [Zasebno življenje] (2010), to Jernej Lorenci in 2009 for his direction of Aeschylus's The Oresteia [Oresteja] (2008), while the performances Ordeal by Fire [Katica iz Heilbronna ali Preizkus z ognjem] (2007) by François-Michel Pesenti and Oedipus in Corinth [Ojdip v Korintu] (2006) by Ivica Buljan were given awards for best performance and direction; in 2002 Sarah Kane's Cleansed [Razmadežna] (2001) by Jernej Lorenci also received award for best performance of the year. Individual actors in productions participating at the Maribor Theatre Festival regularly receive awards for best actors.

In recent seasons the ensemble has also successfully participated in international festivals in Germany, Sweden, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, South Korea, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Montenegro, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, Cyprus, etc.


Main Stage

  • type of venue: drama theatre
  • main use: theatre performances
  • seating: 436 seats total, comprising 198 stalls, 30 boxes; 46 dress circle, 30 boxes; 120 upper circle, 12 boxes
  • proscenium opening: 8.45m W x 6.8m H
  • performing area: 14m W x 17m D x 16m H, flat wooden stage floor suitable for dance
  • orchestra pit: area for 12 musicians
  • wing spaces: 3m W SR, 2m W SL
  • suspension equipment: 20 counterweight lines, max load 180kg each
  • soft hangings: red house curtain, black tabs, black legs and borders, cyclorama
  • lighting: DMX 240-channel computerised desk, extensive lighting rig
  • sound: AMEK 16:8 mixer, power amplifiers and loudspeakers, 8 wireless microphones, 6 microphones
  • stage equipment: 11m x 11m cinema screen
  • backstage: 11 male dressing rooms accommodating 33 persons, 9 female dressing rooms accommodating 27 persons, technical staff available
  • climate control: heating, no air-conditioning
  • availability: available for hire

Small Stage

  • type of venue: drama theatre
  • main use: theatre performances
  • seating: 92 seats total
  • performing area: 8m W x 8m D x 2.45m H flat stage floor
  • suspension equipment: overhead pipe grid for suspension of masking and lighting
  • soft hangings: black legs and borders
  • lighting: installed according to need
  • sound: Soundcraft 16-channel mixer, power amplifiers and loudspeakers, 2 microphones
  • stage equipment: shared with Main Stage, technical staff available
  • backstage: 1 dressing room accommodation 2 persons
  • climate control: heating, air-conditioning
  • availability: available for hire

See also

Slovene National Theatres

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