SNG Drama Ljubljana / Slovenian National Theatre SNG Drama Ljubljana

Address: Erjavčeva cesta 1, Ljubljana
Phone: +386 (0)1 252 15 11
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Opening hours

Box Office is open: 14:00-17:00 and from 18:00 until the beginning of performances on Mondays to Fridays; from 18:00 until the beginning of performances on Saturdays.

Location description

At the turn of the 19th century, Ljubljana saw the opening of a Slovenian theatre, the present Opera House, and a German theatre, the present Drama theatre, which was built by the pro-German citizens organised into the German Theatre Society in Ljubljana (Deutscher Theaterverein in Laibach).

The building of the present Slovenian National Theatre – the Drama of Ljubljana (SNG Drama Ljubljana) was constructed between 1909 and 1911. It was designed by the Viennese architect Alexander Graf, who also designed several theatre buildings commissioned by the German community in Czechoslovakia. The German Theatre in Ljubljana is a copy of the theatre built by Graf in the Czech town of Ústí nad Labem. Its interior is richly decorated. The entrance hall is designed in neo-Classical style, and the exterior is adorned with Art Nouveau decoration elements. Above the entrance there is a balcony supported by columns. One of the striking elements of the façade is the triangular gable, which originally carried the inscription "Deutsches Theater" (German Theatre).

For a time during World War I, the building housed a cinema. After the war it was taken over by the Slovenian National Theatre – the Drama, which turned it into one of the main theatres in Slovenia.

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