More than 400 years ago first shows appeared in the
Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
Then the first theater was formed in the Low Castle in
Some History Facts
Since the second half of the 16th century foreign theater
troupes showed their performances there.
In 1570 the first Lithuanian spectacle was showed by
Vilnius college, which was reorganized into Vilnius
university in 1579.
In 1875 the first city theaters were opened in Vilnius and Klaipėda.
The first performance was in a barn near the sea in
Palanga in 1899. The creators were brothers Antanas
and Juozas Vilkutaičiai. The name of the
performance was “Amerika pirtyje”. Many people
liked it and this performance stayed popular for a
The First Drama Performance
The first Lithuanian theater, named National
theater, was directed by Antanas Sutkus. Its first
performance was “Litvomanai” in Kaunas in 1919.
The First Lithuanian Theater
Now there are 80 theaters in 10 different cities in
Lithuania. The capital city Vilnius has 32 theaters
and the most popular of them is The National Opera
and Ballet Theater.
Lithuanian Theaters Today
The theater was founded in 1920. The first opera was
“La Traviata” and the first ballet was “Coppelia”.
Now the theater has opera and ballet groups,
orchestra and chorus. There are 2 halls. The theater
season lasts about 10 months every year.
The National Opera and Ballet Theater
The most popular performance in Lithuania is “The
Nutcracker” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. First presented in
National Opera Theater in 1925, it is well-known
and favorite nowadays.