Croatia has many theatres and it has a rich cultural history. Today we bring to you a list of the most interesting theatres in Croatia. Make sure to visit them because they have really great crew members who are amazingly talented and their shows are really good! If you visit any of these places, be sure that you’ll have a great time!
1. Zagreb Puppet Theatre
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The Zagreb Puppet Theatre is one of the most beloved theatres in this whole country. Everyone visited it at least once as a child and everyone loves it ever since that day. This place is the home of amazing and really beautiful puppet shows. Kids, as well as grownups, enjoy spending time here. It exists ever since 1948 which means that is has a huge and rich history and that it has pretty much experience in making people happy. Their main goal is to promote puppet shows and to educate the younger generations.
2. Lovrijenac, Dubrovnik
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Lovrijenac in Dubrovnik is part of the city’s fortification (Dubrovnik’s walls) and it is considered as a historical heritage. It’s also famous for its role in the famous TV series, Game of Thrones since in the show it doubles as The Red Keep. You can imagine that it is heavily visited, but not only because of its TV fame. This castle is also known as a theatre where you can enjoy many kinds of performances. So if you like castles and theatres, this is the perfect place for you since it is both!
3. TZ Hvar
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This theatre was built in 1612 on the first floor of a building called Arsenal. This building was used for many things throughout history (mostly for making or repairing ships) and it’s one of the most famous buildings of the city of Hvar. This theatre was one of the first public theatres in Europe. The building from the outside looks completely ordinary, but once you enter it, be prepared to get amazed. It looks really beautiful from the inside, I would dare to say that it looks fancy. You should definitely visit it and I bet you won’t regret it!
4. Satirical Theatre Kerempuh
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The Satirical theatre Kerempuh in Zagreb was created in 1964 but under a different name. It received its current name (Kerempuh) in 1994. This theatre brought a smile to many faces and filled its rooms with laughs many times. If you’re interested in comedy and satirical humor, this is the perfect place for you. Definitely, bring some tissues with you, you might cry from laughter! (Yes, they are that good!)
5. The Zagreb Youth Theatre
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The Zagreb Youth Theatre is one of those theatres which are recognized and respected in Croatia as well as in other countries. They follow the newest trends in performing arts; they are modern and they are really talented. This theatre exists since 1948. This theatre recognizes the social values and tries to nurture and encourage people to recognize and accept them as well. It also educates people with its shows and tries to promote creativity and cultural enrichment. The interior of the building is also kind of modern, they have really interesting, almost provocative photos on their walls. No matter if you’re young or old, if you like modern shows or things, this is the right place for you!
6. Pula Arena
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The Roman Amphitheatre in Pula has many roles in Croatia. It’s a cultural and historic heritage, it pleases the visitor’s eyes, you can also learn a lot about the Romans and their architecture just by visiting this massive building. It also serves as a home for cultural events. It houses the Pula Film Festival and you can also check out the Spectacvla Antiqva (during the summer) which is basically a show where they recreate ancient gladiator fights and they also have interesting workshops. This place is for the people who love the ancient times!
7. Branko Mihaljević Children’s Theatre
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This theatre is widely known in Croatia. It was created for the young generations, they have regular as well as puppet shows and the members of this theatre are really talented. This place is loved by many because they are really good and they offer good educational materials (shows). It is a tradition in many primary schools to visit this theatre at least once a year. If you have children who like theatrical shows, take them to the Branko Mihaljević Children’s Theatre in Osijek, they will enjoy it!
8. Gavella Drama Theatre
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This theatre has a really interesting history. It came to be as an act of rebellion against the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, which was and still is the greatest and best known theatrical company. It got its name after Mr. Branko Gavella, a famous theatre director, headmaster, and theatrologist. Today it is known as one of the most famous and respected theatres in Croatia. If you like historically relevant places where you can have a good time, you will have a great time here!
9. Studio Smijeha
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This place isn’t really a theatre. It’s a club which acts like a theatre. You can sit down and order a drink and while you’re sipping your beverage of choice, a few stand-up comedians will make sure that you have a great time there. It’s an amazing place where you’ll be forced to cry tears of laughter. Their stand-up comedians are very talented and extremely funny and the interior looks amazing. It is perfect for a relaxing night with your friends!
10. Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb
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The Croatian National Theatre has many member-theatres, the one in Zagreb is the main one. If you’ll visit this theatre, you’ll be able to choose from ballet, opera or dramatic plays. It’s in a convenient place, not too far from the city center and really close to the train station. The Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb will take your breath away with its amazingly beautiful building and decorations.