The National Theatre of Iceland has been a leading institution on the Icelandic theatre scene ever since it formally opened on 20 April 1950. Today the theatre has three separate venues: the Main Stage with 500 seats, the Black Box with 130 seats and the Small Stage for Children with 80 seats. One of the theatre’s main obligations is to arouse the general public’s interest in the theatre and other arts of the stage and to promote their development. The National Theatre produces around ten new productions each season, comprising a varied range of new Icelandic and foreign works, classic works, musicals, operas and children’s productions. The theatre also frequently collaborates with independent theatre and dance groups. The theatre serves an important role in the development of new Icelandic plays and productions and aims to develop the younger generations appreciation of theatre through productions specifically intended for children and youth.