The Top 5 Georgian theatres you should know about
Georgia is a country that loves theatres. Georgian Theatres are known around the world for their long history. Without seeing some Georgian plays your journey won’t be complete so, don’t forget to spend an evening visiting one of our amazing Georgian theatres.
The professional Georgian theatre was founded in 1850 thanks to the initiative of a handful of prominent Georgian public figures. Its founder, Giorgi Eristavi, was a famous playwright and writer. His comedies laid the foundation for Georgian realistic theatre. Currently there are about 40 professional theatre companies in Georgia, but very few are subsidized by the state. The ticket prices are not expensive and the main Georgian theatres are located in the centre of the city, so all you have to do is choose a play that interests you and enjoy the evening with your friends. Here are the top 5 Georgian theatres you should visit:
This is one of the oldest and largest theatres in Georgia. Located in Tbilisi on Rustaveli Avenue, it is famous for its excellent actors and professional producers. The Rustaveli National Theatre is often referred to as “The Theatre of Stars”, because of the great number of talented actors that have performed there. Housed in an ornate Rococo style building, the theatre was founded in 1887 and since 1921 has carried the name of Georgia’s national poet Shota Rustaveli. Construction of the theatre was funded by Alexander Mantashev and it was designed by Cornell K. Tatishchev and Aleksander Szymkiewicz.
As the theatre’s official website says:
The most unique feature of the theatre is its everlasting youth and searching soul. New theatrical directions and forms, full of national meaning and expression were formed throughout the whole century. The secret of everlasting attractiveness of the Theatre can be found in its creative and civic conviction.
On September 29th, Rustaveli Theater will open the 139th season with the performance “Is a man a human?!
Address: 17, Rustaveli Ave. Tel: 272-68-68
This is the second national Georgian Drama Theatre, and it was established in 1928 in Kutaisi. It was founded by Kote Marjanishvili, a great theatre director and reformer of the Georgian theatre. He created a modern theatre in which antique, classical and modern drama existed harmoniously. In the early thirties, Marjanishvili Theatre was asked to relocate to Tbilisi and occupied a building that was formally a public house built by the Zubalashvili brothers. In 1933, after the death of Kote Marjanishvili, the theatre was named after him.
As the theatre’s official website says:
From the very beginning, the Marjanishvili theatre company has been first class. Veriko Anjaparidze, Ushangi Chkheidze, Tamar Chavchavadze, Shalva Gambashidze, Vaso Godziashvili, Sesilia Takaishvili, Sandro Zhorzholiani, Akaki Kvantaliani, Giorgi Shavgulidze – these are the names of the legendary actors who created an entire epoch of Georgian theatre.
“The aim of art is quite simple: to give happiness to and instill courage in humans”, declares Kote Marjanishvili, the founder of the Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre. After a three-year hiatus brought on by renovations, it is set to return to its audience.
For more information visit theatre’s official page: www.marjanishvili.com
Address: Marjanishvili Street N8, Tbilisi, Georgia
One of the coziest and most interesting theatres is located in the heart of Tbilisi’s historic Old Town. The theatre is among the world’s pre-eminent cultural institutions. This unique marionette theatre was designed in 1981 by Rezo Gabriadze (whose awards include Commander of the Order or Arts and Letters of the French Republic – France’s highest recognition for cultural achievement). He is one of the most talented artists and his skill is recognized worldwide. He is a screenwriter, stage director, painter, sculptor and puppeteer. His most famous screenplays are ‘Mimino’, ‘Don’t Grieve’, and ‘Kin-Dza-Dza’. His productions of ‘Alfred and Violetta’, ‘The Autumn of our Spring time’, ‘Ramona’ and ‘The Battle of Stalingrad’ brought the theater international recognition. The theatre has successfully toured around the world and has gained the respect and recognition of international audiences.
Contact: 995 577 43 43 87
Address: Shavteli, 13, Tiflis, Georgian 0105
The Georgian National Opera and Ballet Theater of Tbilisi, formerly known as the Tiflis Imperial Theater, is located on Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi. It was founded in 1851 and is one of the oldest such establishments in Eastern Europe. The history of the State Opera House of Georgia dates back 165 years. The theater is a member of Opera Europa and is part of the European Route of historic Theatres.
After 5 years of renovation, the whole of Georgia, as well as 700 staff members with their Artistic Director of the Davit Kintsurashvili Theatre celebrated a grandiose re-opening of the theatre.
It will open its new season on 17th September with “Abesalom and Eteri”.
For more information visit the official page: www.opera.ge
ADDRESS: 25 Rustaveli Ave, 0108, Tbilisi, Georgia
PHONE:(+995) 32 2 00 44 66
Working Hours: 11:00 – 19:00
Closed: 14:00 – 15:00
If you love musical plays then this theatre is for you. It was founded in 1926. The idea of musical comedy theatre belonged to Vaso Abashidze and later the theater acquired his name. In 1927 the well-known Georgian film and theater director Mikheil Chiaureli became the artistic director of the theatre. The best Georgian stage designers, musicians, and actors were working in the theater for many years. After taking up the post of artistic director in 2005, young director David Doiashvili has built up a completely new repertoire and revived the theatre as a producing house. Since 2005 the theatre has participated in festivals in Edinburgh, Jerusalem, Croatia, and Munich. In 2010, at the International Festival of Small Scale Performance, the performance of “Macbeth” won 9 awards in several categories.
Contact: 0322 34 80 90, 234 79 59, 235 75 01
Address: 182 Agmashenebeli Ave.