"Ivan Vazov" National Theatre is one of the first and most authoritative of Bulgarian stages, having a rich history, firmly anchored in its traditions, with a commanding and inspiring presence in the cultural landscape of today. The theatre offers a broad repertoire of both contemporary and classical plays appealing to the widest possible range of audiences. Special attention is devoted to the development of national playwriting and at the same time the National Theatre is open to all innovative and noteworthy creative endeavors.
The building of the theatre was designed by the famous architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer and was finished in 1906. The theatre has three stages: The Main Stage with 780 seats, Chamber Hall with 135 seats and “Apostol Karamitev” stage with 88 seats. Yet, other spaces, including rehearsal rooms, balconies and areas around the building, have a track record of hosting artistic actions and remain open for different ideas.
The newly appointed general manager, Vasil Vasilev, aims to transform the National Theatre into a leading European institution and a platform for cooperation and exchange, supporting young and established theatre-makers and theatre-goers in various ways, thus playing a vital role in strengthening the presence and significance of theatre in Bulgaria, Europe and beyond.