Croatian National Theater: HNK Osijek (including 2024 program)

HNK Osijek - Croatian National Theater
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UPDATED: 19.3.2024.

Theater performances in Osijek started to rise in the 17th century, but the theater culture didn’t truly begin to develop until 1907 when the Osijek’s Hrvatsko narodno kazalište (Croatian National Theater) opened.

Today, HNK Osijek significantly contributes to Osijek’s cultural life with its rich annual program. It is of great importance not only to Osijek but also to the whole county of Slavonija.

In this post, we cover:

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History of the HNK Osijek, Croatia

The HNK Osijek’s building, designed by a local architect Karlo Klausner, was built in 1866. Its auditorium was built in a baroque style, decorated with elements of Moorish architecture. It was originally used for traveling theater groups.

In 1907, Društvo za osnutak stalnog hrvatskog kazališta (The Society for the Establishment of a Permanent Croatian Theater) was established as it was supported by many politicians and influenced individuals. The theater expert Nikola Andrić became the first commissary and soon founded the theater’s ensemble.

HNK Osijek’s building was restored several times until 1985. In 1991, during the Domovinski rat (The Croatian War of Independence), the building was destroyed by the Serbian army. During the restoration of the theater, HNK was homeless. The restoration was completed in 1995, and the HNK ensembled returned to its home.

In the past, shows such as Dubravka by Ivan Gundulić, Slava preporoditeljima by Milan Ogrizović, and the opera Prodaná nevesta by Bedřich Smetana were performed in the Osijek National Theater.

Othello performed at Croatian National Theater Osijek
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Present days of the HNK Osijek

HNK in Osijek has two operating units: the drama and opera units. It is one of the most important and influential cultural centers in Slavonija. Some of its well-known theater performances are:

Nowadays, the theater has approximately 15 annual shows and organizes events such as Dani otvorenog kazališta (Open theater days), Krležini dani (Krleža’s days), New Year’s concerts, and Lipanjske operne noći (June’s opera nights).

HNK Osijek Theater Program

The theater’s program includes drama, music, and programs specific to this particular theater.

A complete program for drama performances is available here.

A complete program for music performances is available here.

The annual program is available here.

How to Buy Tickets for HNK Osijek

Regular ticket prices vary depending on the type of performance. Price lists are available here.

Online ticket shopping isn’t available, and all the tickets can only be purchased at the theater’s sales office.

Hrvatskog narodnog kazališta Osijek
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How to rent a hall in HNK Osijek

The halls at HNK Osijek can be rented. You can check the design and technical data here. The renting price lists are available here.

Headquarters: +385 (0)31 220 700
Ticket desk: +385 (0)31 220 749
Address: Županijska 9, 31 000 Osijek – view map

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Find full contact information for the theater department here.

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