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.


SNT Drama presents a varied programme of outstanding and critically acclaimed theatre created by the county's top actors and directors. Always striving to stay relevant to contemporary audiences, the theatre's repertoire includes international and Slovenian classic drama as well as contemporary dramatic works by playwrights who have importantly transformed the stage and playwriting.

The theatre collaborates with acclaimed Slovenian and foreign theatre directors, such as Matjaž Zupančič, Jernej Lorenci, Sebastijan Horvat, Dušan Jovanović, Vinko Möderndorfer, Janusz Kica, Ivica Buljan, Nina Rajić Kranjac, Ajda Valcl, Luka Martin Škof, etc. SNT Drama has been regularly commissioning also younger directors with new poetics and aesthetics.

Plays by Slovene playwrights, such as Simona Semenič, Rudi Šeligo, Ivo Svetina, Drago Jančar, Gregor Strniša, Matjaž Zupančič, Rok Vilčnik, Vinko Möderndorfer etc., are regularly produced by the theatre. Often based on award-winning texts presented at domestic theatre festivals, these productions regularly appear at domestic festivals and win awards (the Borštnik Awards at the Maribor Theatre Festival, Gracious Comedy Quill Award at the Days of Comedy etc.).

Other programmes

SNT Drama runs a series of other programmes, such as Young Drama, a programme aimed at youth, including a diverse selection of performances and educational contents and workshops; poetry readings Drama Reads, presenting poetry by outstanding contemporary poets; and Literary Journeys with Beletrina, co-organised with Beletrina Publishing Institute.

Encouraging original projects by ensemble members and other theatre makers, starting their professional career, the theatre has been running the Drama Laboratory as a territory of reflection on innovation, investigation and diversity of contemporary theatre.

Drama Festival

Organised since 2014, the Drama Festival features the best performances presented by the theatres that the SNT Drama has been cooperating with successfully. The festival includes productions and co-productions with international producers, panel discussions and other accompanying events.

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Co-productions and international guest directors

The theatre enters co-productions with other Slovene theatres as well as independent producers such as Mini Theatre, Imaginarni Institute, Cankarjev dom, etc.

Following a series of successful exchanges with numerous international producers, for example with the Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava, with theatre houses from Belgrade, Serbia (Jugoslovensko dramsko pozorište, Atelje 212, Narodno pozorište), SNT Drama has recently entered co-productions with the Macedonian Moving Music Theatre and Royal Theatre Zetski dom from Montenegro.

Among the most eminent international guest directors are Janusz Kica (Polish by origin, who directed over 30 stage pieces in Slovene theatre houses), Martin Kušej (Austria), Aleksandar Popovski (Macedonia) and Silviu Purcărete (Romania).

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.

Festivals, awards and tourings

The theatre regularly presents and is awarded for 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. Individual members of the ensemble are often awarded the highest recognition from the expert audience at different festivals at home as well as abroad.

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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