Vanemuine Theatre
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Vanemuine is Estonia's oldest theatre and the only one of its kind in the country to work in three genres in three different buildings — its grand building, its historical small building and the black box- type Harbour Theatre on the banks of the Emajogi River. The Vanemuine stages productions from opera to classical drama, musicals to children's shows, and contemporary ballet to symphonic concerts. Its repertoire includes around forty performances in different genres. The season lasts from September to May, although the summer projects the theatre is involved in means it plays to audiences virtually all year round.
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TC2C
Lanark, UK42 contributions
Dec 2019
We went to see The Nutcracker there and I was blown away by how simple going to the theatre is in this theatre, now queues, free coat hanging and boot storage - the Estonians, dress up for the theatre and lots of seats for people to change into their beautiful shoes. Lot's of young children dressed up for their experience of this ballet.

We saw the ballet in front row circle seats for 28 euros each and the train from Tallinn took circa 2 hours and was 10 euros each way - Note you can't buy return tickets but there is an option to buy a travel card if you are there for longer
Written 13 December 2019
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timisaacson
Tartu, Estonia20 contributions
Apr 2018
Perfect sized theatre for live ballet and drama. Saw 'The Man Who Knew Snakeish' a new work in Estonian (I only speak English) but loved this contemporary execution of a modern Eesti classic.
& also Crossroads-Step Into the Light, which was highly entertaining exploration of American Jazz styles of dance and tap/step.
The creative direction at Vanemuine seems to understand the needs of the audience and offers both challenging and accessible works.
Also attended Viini Veri & the Klassikagala at the Teater Vanemuine (Big House). The gala was the most enjoyable night of ballet I've ever experienced.
Written 26 April 2018
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland27,976 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
Vanemuine is the oldest theater in Estonia, which has three different houses - Vanemuine's Grand building, Vanemuise's small historical building and the Harbour Theater on the shore of Emajõgi.

The Grand building was completed in 1967. The theatre auditorium has 700 seats (parterre 407/balcony 283).

The Estonian premiere of Hüljatud was 25.11.2017 and it has been so popular that the whole season is fully booked. The production is in Estonian, but there are Finnish and English subtitles.
Written 27 February 2018
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Elizabeth J
Devon, UK24 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
This picture only shows the 'small theatre' which houses small productions but there is also a large Theatre overlooking Tartu Kaubermaja which contains a theatre for ballet, opera, and plays and a concert hall for concerts. The quality of all performances is excellent and the prices of tickets compared to back in England is rediculously cheap! If you like your culture, you must visit and take in a show, either in the main or the 'small theatre'
Written 11 January 2017
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iriiiina
Tartu, Estonia73 contributions
Nov 2015 • Friends
Vanemuine is one of the oldest and best theatres in Estonia. In my opinion, ballet productions are especially good and high quality. If you plan to visit some performance I suggest to buy a ticket in advance. NB! There are two building of Vanemuine Theatre, be sure to visit Old Small Theatre, not the New Big one.
Written 4 July 2016
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Horváth Fruzsina
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Apr 2016 • Solo
I was lucky enough to see the "Phantom of the Opera" - this wonderful musical of Andrew Lloyd Webber - in the presentation of Theatre Vanemuine - Tartu. I am a volunteer in Estonia, and in Narva - where I live now -, we truly lack of some demanding theatrical shows, so I was especially happy to be part of the audience. I saw many times the Hungarian version of this musical  in my hometown ( Budapest - Hungary) as I am a big musical lover. Honestly I think it is now very hard to surprise me when talking about different staging forms of well-known musicals. I saw  many others in London and in Germany in the last 10 years, so I can say I am well experienced in this field. Despite all this the production of Theatre Vanemuine achieved my admiration. The stage was a lot smaller and the set was also not only about showing off how much they invested in the show - which I think sadly at many times is the case. Everything was working perfectly, and even better. I loved the creative ideas which thanks to a theatrical rule, let the Estonians put their own ideas to the show, and they were not obliged to copy everything from the original production. I just love when there is a small idea leads to a great outcome and makes you wonder and believe again in the magic of the theater. I guess I am not giving away great secrets when I say that all the actors were playing and singing outstandingly, giving me goose bumps at some songs ( " All I ask of you", "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again'") and taking me far away from my seat to the present time of the story. 

I saw the "Phantome of the Opera" in Tallinn, as they played here as guests, so I did not have a chance to see the home building of the company, but I am sure it is beautiful one and it provides a place for the artist to create more breathtaking shows in the future as well. Thanks to this experience I met another European country's theatrical world that let me broaden my cultural horizon and made me even more interested in all that Estonia represents.
Written 3 May 2016
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Marcus D
Tartu, Estonia1,289 contributions
Jul 2015 • Solo
Just as confusing as the two theatres on the same street being known as Vanemuine [the big house] (at #6 Vanemuise tn) and Vaike [the small house] Vanemuine (at #47A Vanemuise tn), the street they are located used to be called Aia.
The first two Vanemuine theatres, both of which burnt down in 1903/04 and 1944 respectively, were located at #6 Vanemuise, the site of the current Vanemuine (i.e. overlooking the shopping malls of Kaubamaja and Tasku.)
In 1944, after the theatre burnt down, the institution moved to the former German theatre at #47A, this theatre became known as 'the small house'.
In 1962, the current theatre - the big house - was opened.
Written 4 July 2015
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iivit
Tallinn, Estonia1 contribution
Apr 2015 • Couples
good orchestra and soprano voice Marina Listra is estonian artist who several years studied in egland in london actually
Written 2 July 2015
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MarcoPoloEurope
Europe141 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
An interesting repertoire - you can visit an authorized A.L.Webber musicals as Evita and Phantom of the Opera.
Written 9 November 2014
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Helen R
Queensland, Australia132 contributions
Sep 2012 • Solo
This is the modern Theatre. Tartu has a history of love of theatre. I even have an 80 year old photo of students playing on those stages of the original old theatre.
Nowadays there are many plays and productions to be seen there.
Written 12 August 2013
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