Croatian National Theater: HNK Varaždin

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).

HNK Varaždin - Croatian National Theater
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2018/2019 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 2019/2020 can be found here.

How to Buy Theater Tickets

Regular Tickets

Ticket prices vary from 20 to 120 kn depending on the type of performance. Check all the premiere pricing categories and subscription prices here as well as in the section below.
Drama Premieres

SeatsPrice (Adults)Price (Children)
Floor - Rows 1-8100 kn30 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, 11120 kn30 kn
Drama: Box seats mezzanine - Numbers 5, 6, 10, 11 and box seats 1st floor - Numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 1190 kn20 kn
Music shows - Co-productions: Balcony - Rows 1-6120 kn-
Drama: Balcony - Rows 1-680 kn-
Music Shows - Co-Productions: Scena Zvonimir Rogoz90 kn-
Music Shows - Co-Productions: Klub Europa media80 kn-

Drama Replays

SeatsPrice
Drama: Floor - Rows 1-850 kn
Drama: Box seats mezzanine - Numbers 5, 6, 10, 11 and Box Seats 1st floor - Numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 1150 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, 1580 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, 1540 kn
Music shows - Co-Productions: Balcony - Rows 1-670 kn
Drama: Balcony - Rows 1-620 kn
Music shows - Co-Productions: Scena Zvonimir Rogoz50 kn
Music Shows - Co-Productions: Klub Europa media50 kn

Subscription Tickets

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)

SeatsPrice (Per Ticket)
Floor - Rows 1-8500 kn
Box seats mezzanine - Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 13, 14, 15450 kn
Box seats 1st floor - Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10500 kn
Box seats 1st floor - Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 13, 14, 15450 kn
Balcony - Rows 1-6400 kn

Popularna pretplata (Popular Performances Subscription Ticket)

SeatsPrice (Per Ticket)
Floor - Rows 1-8350 kn
Box seats mezzanine - Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 13, 14, 15300 kn
Box seats 1st floor - Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10350 kn
Box seats 1st floor - Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 13, 14, 15300 kn
Balcony - Rows 1-6250 kn

Učenička/studentska pretplata (Student Subscription Tickets)

SeatsPrice (Per Ticket)
Floor - Rows 1-8200 kn
Box seats mezzanine - Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 13, 14, 15150 kn
Box seats 1st floor - Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10200 kn
Box seats 1st floor - Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 13, 14, 15150 kn
Balcony - Rows 1-6100 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

Online tickets can be bought here. Before buying tickets, you must submit a free registration here.

Regular tickets can be bought at the theater’s sales office.

Hrvatsko narodno kazalište Varaždin
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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.

Performance of Gospon lovac

Present day

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:

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