Welcome to Oulu Theatre!
Oulu Theatre was built on a magnificient spot by the market place waterfront, where it is situated on an artificial island called Vänmanni, at Kaarlenväylä 2.
Oulu Theatre is the largest professional theatre in northern Finland. The diverse programme produced by the artistically and operatively high-class professional corporation offers audiences high-quality and ambitious performances. In addition to plays, also opera, musicals and new national and world premieres are produced. The theatre also annually features performances for children and hosts the Oulu Theatre Festival for Young Audiences. The program is mainly produced in Finnish.
Oulu Theatre is regarded as one of the leading theatrical institutions in the network of Finnish professional theatres. The current leadership consists of CEO Anu-Maarit Moilanen and Artistic Director Alma Lehmuskallio.
The theatre in figures
- In existence since 1931, for over 80 years
- 8 annual premieres
- 350–400 performances per year for an audience of 80 000
- The staff of 100 includes approximately 35 artists, 15 set and costume makers, 30 technical employees, 20 people in administration, production team, marketing, sales and foyer services
- 4 stages, but even 9 different facilities available for room hire
The Oulu Theatre Festival for Young Audiences is a joyful event organized annually by Oulu Theatre. Alma Lehmuskallio, the artistic director of the theatre, is also the director of the festival.
The first festival was held in Oulu in 1982. The Oulu Theatre has been the main organizer of the festival since 1993, and it is an established part of the theatre’s programme every spring. In 2021, the festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary.