Sarajevo National Theatre

Sarajevo National Theatre

Susan Sontag Square and National Theatre in Sarajevo
Address Obala Kulina Bana 9, 71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Opened November 1921
Architect Karel Pařík

The Sarajevo National Theatre (Bosnian and Serbian: Narodno pozorište Sarajevo, Croatian: Narodno kazalište Sarajevo) was founded in November 1921.[1]

The opening ceremony was led by Branislav Nušić, then Head of the Art Department of the Ministry of Education. On November 9, 1946, the Sarajevo Opera House commenced its artistic activity with the premiere of B. Smetana's The Bartered Bride.

The Sarajevo Ballet was also founded in 1946, but its first independent performance, The Harvest by B. Papandopulo, was postponed until May 25, 1950. This performance marked the beginning of its professional development within the national Theatre.[2]

The building was designed by architect Karel Pařík, who designed over 160 other buildings in Sarajevo.[3]


  1. Rubin, Don (1994). The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Europe. Taylor & Francis. p. 145. ISBN 0-415-05928-3.
  2. City of Sarajevo: Sarajevo National Theatre (In Bosnian) [cited February 10, 2012]
  3. Europa Magazine: Check Builder of Sarajevo (In Bosnian) [cited February 10, 2012]
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Coordinates: 43°51′25″N 18°25′15″E / 43.8569°N 18.4208°E / 43.8569; 18.4208

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