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Kari Arffman named leader of Helsinki City Theatre
The Helsinki Theatre Foundation board has unanimously chosen Kari Arffman as the new director of Helsinki City Theatre after the theatre’s staff associations endorsed him for the post. The new director, who has an M.A. in Theatre, will begin work at the end of the year.
Arffman, 47, graduated with an M.A. in Theatre in 1997. He has worked as the artistic director of both Kotka and Jyväskyla City Theatres for almost ten years and has acted or directed in e.g. Helsinki City Theatre, Tampere Theatre, Lahti City Theatre, Jyväskyla City Theatre, Kotka City Theatre and Pyynikki Summer Theatre. Arffman is currently working in Helsinki City Theatre as the director and an actor in the musical Shrek, which will be premiered this autumn.
Further information: Chairman of the Helsinki Theatre Foundation board Jorma Bergholm, tel. 050 525 2581.
Kari Arffman, M.A., tel. 040 703 4735
Helsinki City Theatre
Helsinki City Theatre, founded in 1964, is the biggest professional repertoire theatre in Finland. The theatre is maintained by Helsinki Theatre Foundation and its board members are appointed by the Helsinki City Board.
Helsinki City Theatre bases its activities on a perception of itself as a modern popular bilingual repertoire theatre. It aims to provide a diverse range of performances, which are of the highest possible standard, to as many people as possible. The theatre produces an extensive range of children’s theatre performances, dance performances of its own dance company Helsinki Dance Company and a diverse range of Finnish and foreign drama, comedies and musicals (such as Miss Saigon, Evita, Mary Poppins, The Producers, Beauty and the Beast) performed.
The theatre house, designed by Finnish architect Timo Penttilä, came into use in the autumn of 1967. The Theatre has currently six stages: big stage (947 seats), small stage (347 seats), studio Elsa (240 seats), studio Pasila (324 seats), Arena stage (500 seats) and Lilla Teatern (267 seats), which is producing plays mainly in Swedish.
Helsinki City Theatre is also active in the fields of audience work and art education. Performance-related workshops are organized for various groups: children, adults and senior citizens. Theatre cooperates with various schools in art education projects.
- Christmas på Lillan
- CLUB ACT!ONE
- Ei makseta, ei makseta
- Humorgruppen Kaj
- Jeminan monta elämää
- Jänis ja Vanki koulunpenkillä
- Kenraali ja Casanova
- Kiviä taskussa
- Komisario Palmun erehdys
- Lava-ammuntaa V
- Pöljänpojan vakuutus
- Tontut suutareina
Annual key figures
20 new productions
1 100 performance
350 000 spectators
250 members of permanent staff
Theatre’s annual budget
Total costs (without premises): 21,5 million euro
Income: own income (mainly ticket sales) 46 %
Subsidies (state and City of Helsinki): 54%
Helsinki City Theatre
tel. +358 9 39401
Ticket office, tel. +358 9 39 4022