Uppsala City Theatre offers vibrant and artistic programming throughout the theatre season. Our role is to produce a rich repertoire with classics and new works charged with our contemporary time. The theatre is often described as a magnet and a beating heart for Uppsala, contributing to our city’s long-term development. Our vision is to be a local scene with an international outlook.
Throughout the theatre season, Uppsala City Theatre produces a mixed repertory of large scale and dramatic premieres, musical theatre as well as more intimately presented works such as monologues and chamber plays. Along with guest performances and civic talks, an annual audience of about 80 000 persons take part in programs.
Alongside a full repertory, Uppsala City Theatre invites a broad spectra of programming for children and youth, their families and schools as well as students from universities. Also, Uppsala City Theatre presents an annual program with the Uppsala City Theatre Youth Ensemble and participate in the Creative Schools program in partnership with the city of Uppsala. Our goal is to ignite an interest in taking part and our ambition is to include every child in the county of Uppsala.
Uppsala City Theatre ensemble includes on an average about 50 actors, including both full-time and short-term contracts. Along with actors, the theatre staff include finance and planning, production and marketing as well as technical, costumes, props and make up. Since 2016, Petra Brylander is theatre director and CEO of Uppsala City Theatre.
Originally built in 1950, and developed over the years to fit an ever increasing audience, the theatre houses four stages with a capacity ranging from 500, 130, 100 and 60 seats. The spacious foyers are enjoyed by theatre audiences. Adjacent to the Box Office on the first floor is our popular Theatre Café serving both lunches and more for the coffee break. Upstairs the Theatre Bistro offers a classic menu of both hot and cold cuisine.
While regularly our productions are presented in Swedish, we see an increase in international attendance as our program includes international and collaborative performance art and visual presentations. For example, included in the 2020/2021 season is a new premiere of The Broken Circle, performed on stage in no less than three languages: German, English and Swedish. Also, Cirkus Cirkör will revisit Uppsala in a mixed repertoire of contemporary circus and visual performing arts. Additionally, Bellman 2.0 presents a theatre concert filled with contemporary renderings of the songs of Carl Michael Bellman.
Uppsala City Theatre is widely known to collaborate locally and internationally on a regular basis. Following the previous successes of Carmen and The Broken Circle, the world premiere of The New Death Sins is created in partnership between Uppsala City Theatre, Badisches Staatstheater and Théâtre National de Luxembourg under the direction of Anna Bergmann. The New Death Sins will premiere in Germany 2020 and is followed by a Swedish premiere i Uppsala 2021.
In recent years Uppsala City Theatre is co-producing the performance art festival REVOLVE along with Uppsala City Museum, Uppsala Concert Hall & Conference Center and the artist-driven exhibition space Köttinspektionen.
If you would like to know more about current or upcoming programs, please do not hesitate to contact:
Jonas Bernander, executive assistant and dramaturg, Uppsala City Theatre, jonas.bernander[at]uppsalastadsteater.se
Elisabeth Wennerström, press and communications, Uppsala City Theatre, elisabeth.wennerstrom[at]uppsalastadsteater.se