Rovaniemi Theatre – Regional theatre of Lapland
Rovaniemi Theatre is the northernmost professional theater of European Union. It offers annually five to six premiers from drama to farce and musicals for all ages. Many of the plays are based on arctic creativity and subject. The plays are shown in theatre’s home, Lappia Hall designed by Alvar Aalto, and on tour to the municipalities of Lapland. In addition to the plays, the theater has a public responsibility of drama education in the area. The theatre also rents out its premises for seminars, conferences, weddings and other occasions.
The Summer Theatre
An open air theatre in the Konttinen park at the river bank is the venue for summer theatre Neljäntuulentie which produces a summer theatre play for the whole family. The premier is in the Midsummer and the performances last until the latter part of July.
The Student Theatre of Lapland
The Student Theatre of Lapland is an innovative amateur theatre where students of different fields can make theatre happen together. It produces annually 5 – 8 premieres, some lighter cabarets and courses. Improvisation has grown especially popular in recent years. Both in theatre and improvisation the student theatre has won competitions in Finland and abroad.
One vital and flexible element of children’s culture is puppetry. Rovaniemi is the centre of the puppetry network of the Barents region which has encouraged puppeteers to meet and play at the bi-annual puppetry festivals of the Barents region and in the neighbouring countries.
The Travelcase Theater, a professional solo puppet theatre started in 1983, keep up the tradition of puppet theatre in Rovaniemi and Lapland. Their mobile performances, workshops and training courses take place, in addition to Rovaniemi, in all corners of Lapland region as well as outside its borders.