Stockholm offers a large number and variety of cultural venues to choose from. As I have recently introduced you to the magnificent building of the Royal Dramatic Theatre, I thought I would also show you other notable theatres in the Swedish capital. Although you will not be able to enjoy any performances during the summer break, the theatres you will find below are worth knowing about not only because of their beautiful houses, but also for their interesting stories.

1. The Oscar’s Theatre (Oscarsteatern)

The Oscar's Theatre in Stockholm

The Oscar’s Theatre named after King Oscar II and opened in 1906 is an institution that brought a new type of performing arts to Stockholm. It is best known for amazing musicals and operettas and as such belongs to Sweden’s most renown musical theatres. As the theatre’s official website puts it, “If walls could talk, then they could sing and dance at The Oscar’s Theatre.”
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2. The Vasa Theatre (Vasateatern)

The Vasa Theatre in Stockholm

The Vasa Theatre located just around the corner from the previously mentioned Oscar’s Theatre is one of the oldest private theatres in Stockholm, opened in 1886. This location used to be best known as a place where the greatest comedies were performed. However, you will not be able to attend any performance at The Vasa Theatre when the summer ends as it was closed in 2009 and is now a part of the nearby hotel.
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3. Playhouse Theatre (Playhouse Teater)

Playhouse Theatre in Stockholm

The Playhouse Theatre or, as they call themselves, ‘Broadway on Drottninggatan’ is a modern theatre which resides in a recently renovated building on one of the city’s most popular shopping streets. This theatre proudly presents itself as a place where you can see great plays introduced on Broadway, in Swedish, often as premieres in Scandinavia and all of Europe.
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4. Stockholm City Theatre (Stockholms Stadsteater)

Stockholm City Theatre in Stockholm

Stockholm City Theatre is Stockholm’s and Sweden’s most popular theatre venue by the number of annual visitors. It is located in the popular House of Culture (Kulturhuset) in the heart of the city where it attracts hundreds of thousands of guests every year. Once you are there, you will also get the chance to visit other interesting places located in the same house despite it being under reconstruction.
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5. Royal Swedish Opera (Kungliga Operan)

Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm

Royal Swedish Opera is Sweden’s national stage for opera and ballet founded long before most of other theatres on my list. It was King Gustav III who, in 1773, established this institution. The current Opera House was completed in 1898, though, in the location of the former one built during the reign of Gustav III. It was also in the original opera house, known as Gustavian Opera House, where the king was shot.
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6. The China Theatre (China Teatern)

China Theatre in Stockholm

The China Theatre is one of the largest private theatres in Stockholm located in Berzelii Park. Although the theatre was opened in the late 1920s, it was used as a cinema for a long time. It was only in the latter half of the twentieth century that The China Theatre established itself as a popular venue for musical and comedy.
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7. Royal Dramatic Theatre (Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern)

The Royal Dramatic Theatre (Dramaten) in Stockholm

The Royal Dramatic Theatre, which was also founded by Gustav III, resides in what can be considered the most adorned building in Sweden. Located at Nybroplan, the theatre building inaugurated in 1908 is the result of the collaboration between a number of the most renowned Swedish craftsmen of the time. Moreover, it is one of the very few examples of the Viennese school of architecture in Sweden, which only adds to its uniqueness.
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8. Elverket

Elverket is a separate stage of the Royal Dramatic Theatre located in Östermalm. What is especially interesting about this stage is the building in which it resides. It was built in the 1920s as a power station and it has kept its original industrial design to this day.
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9. The Southern Theatre (Södra Teatern)

The Southern Theatre in Stockholm

The Southern Theatre on Södermalm opened in 1859 is the Stockholm’s oldest functioning theatre. However, the tradition of entertainment and arts in the location dates all the way back to the seventeenth century. Despite nearly having been demolished in the 1950s, The Southern Theatre is still one of the most popular venues for performing arts in Stockholm and is also recognised internationally.
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10. The Folk Opera (Folkoperan)

The Folk Opera is one of the youngest theatres on my list as it was established in 1976 with the objective to modernise opera and attract new audiences to this genre. This institution located on the border of Mariaberget in the Södermalm district offers a more intimate atmosphere compared to the Royal Swedish Opera and it also attracts audiences on unconventional performances.
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You can pretty easily visit all of these theatres in one day, so do not be discouraged by the length of this list. As a bonus, they are all located in some of the most beautiful areas of the city where you have a plenty of other attractions to see. For some inspiration, check out earlier episodes of our weekly series Places of Interest.

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