Rich program for the 100th anniversary of the National Theater Sarajevo

One of the most important cultural institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina marks its centenary in October.


The National Theater of Sarajevo is the most prominent theater house in BiH. It offers drama, opera and ballet performances and the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra is also housed under the same roof.

This large and beautiful building on Obala Kulina Bana is not only home to the theater but is also on the list of Protected National Monuments of BiH. It was built during the Austro-Hungarian period according to designs made by the architect, Karl Paržik, and it originally served as a social facility which officially opened on January 2, 1899.

With the founding of the National Theater on November 17, 1919, the building underwent a thorough reconstruction, and the first performances were staged here in this building on the Obala in October 1921.

The famous Serbian playwright, Branislav Nušić, served as one of the theater’s first directors.

Up until the time immediately following the Second World War, the National Theater worked exclusively as a theater, but then it formed its own opera and ballet ensembles in 1946.

In almost 100 years since the National Theater was first founded in Sarajevo, more than 1,000 drama premieres have been staged here and a few hundred opera and ballet performances have been realized.

As part of this great jubilee, a rich program has been prepared that includes performances within the 61st International Theater Festival MESS (October 1-6), Gala Opera within the 27th Sarajevo Music Evenings (October 9), premiere of the play "Protection" based on the text by Branislav Nušić which officially opened the National Theater a hundred years ago, as well as the excellent comedy Balkan Spy in Sarajevo (October 25), the ballet Don Quixote (October 27) and the drama To nikad nigdje nije bilo (October 30).

You can book tickets by e-mail:, by phone at: 033 221 682. Box office hours every working day from 9:00 to 15:00. On the day of the performance in two terms from 9:00 - 11:30 and 15:30 - 19:30.

See the program of the National Theater for October here.