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Read about the rehabilitation of the National Theatre.

Even when the National Theatre first opened in 1899, it was too small. Over the years, there have been repeated proposals to rehabilitate and expand the building, without any of these proposals ever coming to fruition. Now, a pilot project is finally underway, leading up to programmes focusing on construction, space and functionality, and equipment for the theatre’s users. These programmes will provide the basis for receiving state funding towards a building project anticipated to start in 2022. 

In 2012, the government resolved that the report on the rehabilitation and modernisation of the theatre would be based on a fifty-year perspective. This is an ambition shared by the theatre’s board and management. A complete rehabilitation of the dilapidated building is an absolute necessity due to a long-standing lack of major funding for maintenance work.