This is the oldest theatre in Estonia, founded in Tartu in 1870 and is the only three-genre theatre in the region, staging music theatre (operas, operettas and musicals), dance theatre (classical ballet and modern dance) and drama.
The theatre has three different buildings and employs close to 400 people, including a ballet troupe with a highly international cast, and a large symphony orchestra. Vanemuine is a repertory theatre – every season the programme includes more than 40 different productions in a variety of genres, including around 15 premieres every season.
This year Vanemuine celebrates its 150th season. The theatre has always been an important cultural landmark in Estonia that carries the meaning and shows the way. Vanemuine is the theatre for grand stories, feelings and people.