Helsinki City Theatre, founded in 1964, is the biggest professional repertoire theatre in Finland. The theatre is maintained by Helsinki Theatre Foundation and its board members are appointed by the Helsinki City Board. Helsinki City Theatre bases its activities on a perception of itself as a modern popular bilingual repertoire theatre. It aims to provide a diverse range of performances, which are of the highest possible standard, to as many people as possible. The theatre produces an extensive range of children’s theatre performances, dance performances of its own dance company Helsinki Dance Company and a diverse range of Finnish and foreign drama, comedies and musicals (such as Miss Saigon, Evita, Mary Poppins, The Producers, Beauty and the Beast) performed. The theatre house, designed by Finnish architect Timo Penttilä, came into use in the autumn of 1967. The Theatre has currently six stages: big stage (947 seats), small stage (347 seats), studio Elsa (240 seats), Theatre Studio Pasila (324 seats), Arena stage (500 seats) and Lilla Teatern (267 seats), which is producing plays mainly in Swedish. Helsinki City Theatre is also active in the fields of audience work and art education. Performance-related workshops are organized for various groups: children, adults and senior citizens. Theatre cooperates with various schools in art education projects. Helsinki City Theatre patrons can use subtitle devices at performances on the main stage. Subtitles are currently available in Russian and Finnish, and in English too in the case of the Tarzan musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and The Ladykillers. The subtitling service is free, and they may be read either with the Thea app on the spectator’s own smart phone (iPhone or Android), or on an iPod supplied by the theatre. Subtitle devices must be reserved at the same time as tickets, and the head usher will hand them out and explain how they work in the lobby before the performance. For more information about ticket sales please call (09) 394022 and a member of staff will be happy to help you.
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