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Reykjavik Theater

Reykjavik Theater

There are six movie theaters in Reykjavik which feature films performed in their original languages. Listings appear in the newspapers daily.

There also are two professional theater companies, the National Theater, 551-1200,, founded in 1950, and the Reykjavik City Theater, 568-5500, at 53 Hringbraut, which is the home of the Iceland Dance Company. Performances in the National Theater usually are presented in Icelandic.

These two theaters have an average annual attendance of more than 200,000. In addition, there are an amazing number of "community theaters" in town, each of which produces one or more plays a season. Among them:

Moduleikhusid, 562-2669, is a theater for children and teenagers at 105 Laugavegur.

Theater Idno, 562-9700,, on Lake Tjornin, is one of the largest theaters in the city and stages plays in English during the summer.

The Summer Theater, 551-9181, is at 37 Boldursgata and performs "Night Lights," skits that are based upon the sagas, plus some folk singing. During the spring, there is a Short-Film Festival in Reykjavik.

In late September or early October, the annual Reykjavik International Film Festival,, features films from around the world.

Another large venue is the Icelandic Take Away Theater, 868-6774, which is at 30 Fljotasali.

Also of note to those who are interested in the theater are a number of other Reykjavik organizations, each of which has its own programs and its own schedule and therefore must be contacted directly to determine what may be playing, at what location, and at what time. Such groups include:

The Icelandic Ministry of Culture, 560-9500, at 4 Solvholsgata; The Iceland Academy of Arts, 552-5020, at 13 Solvholsgata; The Iceland Theater Council, 552-6040, 6 Lindargata; Bandamann Theater Group, 551-4032, 37 Hverfisgata; The Egg Theater, 562-2688; The Everyday Theater, 552-3132, 26 Klapparstigur; The Land of Puppets, 552-5098, 10 Blonduhlid; and Idno On the Scene, 551- 3988, 44 Vesturgata.

In the same category are: The Other Stage Theater, 562- 9589, 37 Vesturgoto; The Pocket Theater, 581-3695, 6 Kleifaregur; Sokio Theater, 861-7269, 51 Bergstadastraeti; The Swallow Theater, 551-9606, 33 Hagamelur; The Ten Fingers Theater, 895-3020, 3 Kaldasel; Theater Iceland, 893-9879, 9 Laugateigur; Theater in the Church, 559- 4715, 36 Grandavegi; Universal Theater Group, 551-3652, 50 Bergstadastraeti; Wonder Theater, 863-0350, 12 Hraunteigur; and Wonderland Theater Company, 862- 7094, 14 Thorsgata.

Be sure to ask, when you phone, whether their performance(s) are in English.

Last updated April 12, 2008
Posted in   Iceland  |  Reykjavik
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