The present Tallinn City Theatre is going through a phase of transition in more ways than one. In 2021, Uku Uusberg became the new artistic director, as Elmo Nüganen, who had led the company from 1992, announced his resignation, in order to give the next generation a chance to fill the theatre with fresh energy and ideas. At the same time, Mihkel Kübar became the new general manager, replacing Raivo Põldmaa, the general manager of last three decades. Also, Tallinn City Theatre has temporarily moved out of its unique medieval building on Lai Street while it’s being reconstructed to accommodate a bigger audience. If all goes according to plan, the renovated theatre complex will open for public in 2024.
At the moment, Tallinn City Theatre mostly gives performances at the Salme Cultural Centre, where we can use their big stage for nine months a year, and two black boxes on the top floor all year round. By the way, Salme Cultural Centre is the place where the theatre started off in the mid-sixties, and their theatre hall remained our main venue until early 1990ies. We will, of course, also continue playing in our historical Horse Mill at the end of Lai Street. The theatre workshops have moved to a freshly built modern production complex in Suur-Sõjamäe and the offices will be situated at 20 Pikk Street, sharing the building with Kanuti Gildi SAAL.
Tallinn City Theatre produces seven to ten plays each season and there are around twenty productions in the repertory at any given time. The theatrical season lasts from August round to June. In addition to productions created by Uku Uusberg and resident director Diana Leesalu, we cooperate with very different theatre-makers from Estonia and the rest of the world, which has made Tallinn City Theatre a blend of classical and contemporary. Although Tallinn City Theatre’s large resident company ranks it among the biggest theatres in Estonia, it has always differed by being able to enjoy more artistic freedom with fewer official expectations to the repertory than the national theatres. The company of actors, many among whom have worked together for many years, decades even, form an ensemble, where emphasis is on collaboration, not individual glory. Great acting is one of the theatre’s celebrated strong points.