Reykjavík City Theatre ranks among Iceland’s oldest and most prestigious cultural institutions. Its history goes back more than a century, all the way back to the foundation of the Reykjavík Theatre Company in 1897.
Reykjavík City Theatre, or Borgarleikhúsið, stages approximately 9-13 new productions annually, in addition to hosting a variety of collaborations with other theatre companies. It attracts around 150 – 200 thousand guests each year, making it the most popular theatre in Iceland. The theatre employs 200 people, including a permanent ensemble of 25 actors. Reykjavík City Theatre draws on a richly varied collection of international and local works, it breaks new ground even when producing classic works. Under the artistic direction of Magnús Geir Þórðarson, the theatre prides itself on an excellent group of people dedicated in promoting young writers and discovering talented new directors. It is also mindful of the necessity of artistic vision and strong presentations to maintain record-breaking audience attendance. Recently the theatre has seen a surge in international collaborations and seems committed to fostering further ties and relations with renowned artists abroad.
The theatre houses three major stages. The Large Stage (Stóra Sviðið) seats 550 guests, the Small Stage has a capacity of up to 220 guests and the New Stage seats up to 240 guests.