Hrvatsko narodno kazalište Varaždin is one of 5 Croatian National Theaters and is situated in the city of Varaždin, which was the capital of Croatia during the 18th century. HNK Varaždin is a contemporary national drama theater whose repertoire mostly consists of classical and Central European dramas. It is well known for its performances presented in the Kajkavian Croatian dialect.
Except for dramas, the theater has a wide spectrum of performances including many experimental pieces. HNK Varaždin gathers many famous, young actors who also act in TV, movies, and shows as well as respected Croatian directors. The theater also has its own Dječja i lutkarska scena (Children and puppet scene).
2020/2021 Program and Schedule
The theater’s program includes Croatian drama, Central European drama, and music programs. The full theater program can be found here.
The announcements for the season 2020/2021 can be found here.
How to Buy Theater Tickets
Ticket prices vary from 20 to 120 kn depending on the type of performance. Check all the premiere pricing categories here as well as in the section below.
|Seats||Price (Adults)||Price (Children)|
|Floor - Rows 1-8||100 kn||30 kn|
|Music shows - Co-productions: Box seats mezzanine - Numbers 5, 6, 10, 11 and box seats 1st floor - Numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11||120 kn||30 kn|
|Drama: Box seats mezzanine - Numbers 5, 6, 10, 11 and box seats 1st floor - Numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11||90 kn||20 kn|
|Music shows - Co-productions: Balcony - Rows 1-6||120 kn||-|
|Drama: Balcony - Rows 1-6||80 kn||-|
|Music Shows - Co-Productions: Scena Zvonimir Rogoz||90 kn||-|
|Music Shows - Co-Productions: Klub Europa media||80 kn||-|
|Drama: Floor - Rows 1-8||50 kn|
|Drama: Box seats mezzanine - Numbers 5, 6, 10, 11 and Box Seats 1st floor - Numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11||50 kn|
|Music shows - Co-Productions: Box seats mezzanine - Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 13, 14, 15 and Box Seats 1st floor - Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 13, 14, 15||80 kn|
|Drama: Box seats mezzanine - Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 13, 14, 15 and Box Seats 1st floor - Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 13, 14, 15||40 kn|
|Music shows - Co-Productions: Balcony - Rows 1-6||70 kn|
|Drama: Balcony - Rows 1-6||20 kn|
|Music shows - Co-Productions: Scena Zvonimir Rogoz||50 kn|
|Music Shows - Co-Productions: Klub Europa media||50 kn|
There’s a possibility to purchase the following subscription packages:
- Premijerna pretplata (a premiere subscription ticket)
- Popularna pretplata (popular performances subscription ticket)
- Učenička/studentska pretplata (student subscription ticket)
Premijerna pretplata (Premiere Subscription Tickets)
|Seats||Price (Per Ticket)|
|Floor - Rows 1-8||500 kn|
|Box seats mezzanine - Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 13, 14, 15||450 kn|
|Box seats 1st floor - Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10||500 kn|
|Box seats 1st floor - Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 13, 14, 15||450 kn|
|Balcony - Rows 1-6||400 kn|
Popularna pretplata (Popular Performances Subscription Ticket)
|Seats||Price (Per Ticket)|
|Floor - Rows 1-8||350 kn|
|Box seats mezzanine - Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 13, 14, 15||300 kn|
|Box seats 1st floor - Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10||350 kn|
|Box seats 1st floor - Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 13, 14, 15||300 kn|
|Balcony - Rows 1-6||250 kn|
Učenička/studentska pretplata (Student Subscription Tickets)
|Seats||Price (Per Ticket)|
|Floor - Rows 1-8||200 kn|
|Box seats mezzanine - Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 13, 14, 15||150 kn|
|Box seats 1st floor - Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10||200 kn|
|Box seats 1st floor - Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 13, 14, 15||150 kn|
|Balcony - Rows 1-6||100 kn|
Special Ticket Discounts
The theater offers these discounts:
- A group discount (for the evening period) for more than 20 tickets – 35 kn per person
- An organized high school visit for drama replays – whole theater or 250 seat minimum in a special daily term – 30 kn per person
- An organized school and kindergarten visit for children’s replays – whole theater or 200 seat minimum in a special daily term – 20 kn per person
Where to buy tickets
Regular tickets can be bought at the theater’s sales office.
HNK Varaždin Location and Contact Information
Headquarters: +385 (0)42 214 688
Ticket Desk: +385(0)42 200 250
Email: [email protected]
You can find full contact information by the theater department here.
Address: Augusta Cesarca 1, 42000 Varaždin
Ticket desk working hours:
- Monday – Friday: 10:00-12:00 and 18-19:30
- Saturday: 10:00-12:00 and one hour before the show
- Sunday: one hour before the show
- The ticket desk is closed on public holidays.
History of HNK Varaždin
The Croatian National Theater’s building was constructed in 1873 by the architect Hermann Helmer, who was a popular Vienesse architect at that time. The first professional Croatian theater ensemble was established in 1898.
The theater was under the management of Hrvatsko dramatsko društvo’s (the Croatian drama society) with a famous Croatian philologist and historian Ivan Mičetić until 1915. In 1915, Stalno gradsko kazalište (Permanent city theater) was established and worked until 1925. The theater performed dramas, operas, and operettas.
Until 1945, some of the biggest Croatian actors, directors, and singers have performed in the Croatian National Theater Varaždin. Some of the most famous performers include actor Zvonimir Rogoz, comedian August Cilić, opera singer Ančica Mitrović, actor Branko Tepavac, actor Viktor Bek, and actor Alfred Grunhut.
After 1945, the most famous people to perform at HNK Varaždin were comedian Franjo Majetić, actor Ivo Serdar, actress Sanda Langerholz, and actor Ivo Rogulja. The most famous directors to direct performances at national theater in Varaždin were Vladimir Gerić and Petar Veček and conductors Josip Vrhovski, Teodor Romanić, and Davorin Hauptfeld.
Hrvatsko narodno kazalište in Varaždin has three performing areas – a big stage and two chamber-stages. Performances are primarily dramas written by old Croatian writers like I. Bakmaz, M. Jergović and I. Supek, as well as classics written by Sofoklo, Moliere, Shakespeare, and Cervantes and Central European dramas written by Kafka, Molnar, and Krleža.
The theater has an excellent ensemble that consists of many excellent young actors but also includes older generations. Some of the most well-known younger actors come from Varaždin’s theater such as Barbara Rocco, Robert Plemić, Marinko Prga, etc. The theater and its actors have won more than 50 awards for their performances and professionalism.
Other National Theaters in Croatia
You may also learn about other national theaters in Croatia at the below links: