The Espoo City Theatre was founded in 1989.
It is located in Tapiola garden city, around 10 kilometres from the centre of Helsinki. The Espoo City Theatre has always pursued a policy of staging guest productions from within Finland and abroad – an aim reflected in its additional name of “The International Theatre of Finland”. Over the years, it has hosted many companies from European countries and the USA and, at present, stages approximately ten foreign productions a year.
The Espoo City Theatre also regularly runs two or three own productions each year. Although the theatre has a staff of 12, it does not have a fixed theatre company and works on its productions with a variety of performers and directors. The theatre has two auditoriums, both of which hold around 300 spectators.
Revontuli Hall (an old printing house) hosts the theatre's own productions, while Louhi Hall in the Espoo Cultural Centre stages visiting productions. Over the next ten years, the Espoo City Theatre will be moving to a new purpose-built venue, which will deepen and widen the theatre's scope.
Over the year, the theatre hosts around 170 performances attracting a total audience of approximately 30,000.