Malmö Stadsteater has a vision to improve inclusion and communal feeling in Malmö through dramatic theatre. We want to raise questions and create conversations about art and the society we live in. Our vision is to open up for a greater collaboration with the forces in the city and the region and that we as an organization, our repertoire and our audience composition live up to being the whole city's theatre — a democratic meeting place.
Malmö Stadsteater is one of Sweden's leading city theatres with a main focus on dramatic theatre. We strive to create important and engaging dramatic theatre at a high artistic level, which should reflect the challenges of the present and with the help of history shape tomorrow. Malmö Stadsteater strives to reach as wide and multifaceted an audience as possible, including through systematic participatory work, and with Malmö as its base to be an asset for all Scania's residents.
Malmö Stadsteater has a permanent cast and plays mainly on three stages; The Hippodrome, Intiman and Studion, as well as conducting participant-based activities in the new Atelier — a new meeting place for exploration, creation and play. Our now rebuilt main stage, the Hippodrome, is housed in the historic Hipphouse in the middle of central Malmö, the Studio is also here at the top of the building. Our stage Intiman is located next door to Malmö Opera on Östra Rönneholmsvägen.
Malmö Stadsteater's operations are organised into 6 sections: ensemble, Unga Malmö Stadsteater, production, technology, communication and finance. From 2023, there will be a café area within the communications section. Malmö Stadsteater is a project-oriented organization with the goal of getting the productions launched by the set premiere date. In addition to the work of its own employees, the theatre buys in services such as the production of decor (from Malmö Opera's workshops) as well as artistic services such as directors, scenographers, costume designers, lighting, etc. The business employs approximately 90 full-time employees, of which 60 are permanent employees. The remainder are freelancers and others with fixed-term employment.
For almost 50 years, Malmö Stadsteater was synonymous with the big house at the end of Fersen väg. Between 1944 and 1993, it was a place where you could enjoy everything from drama and opera to ballet and music. When Malmö Stadsteater was divided into three cultural companies in 1993 – Malmö Dramatiska Teater, Malmö Musikteater and Skånes Dansteater – the name officially went to its grave. Malmö Dramatiska Teater now has its main stage in the converted circus building Hippodrome in central Malmö.
With the City of Malmö handing over the management of Malmö Opera and Skånes Dansteater to Region Skåne in 2006, there was only one theatre in Malmö that was still wholly owned by the city's residents. In 2008, Malmö Dramatiska Teater therefore changed its name back to Malmö Stadsteater. After an extensive renovation, Malmö Stadsteater on Kalendegatan has now in 2023 become a more warm and welcoming meeting place with a remodeled theatre hall, new public spaces with its own café, a new glazed courtyard, a studio for participation and creation, and with a strengthened role as a cultural meeting place in Malmö.
"What is this Malmö method?"
Kitte Wagner talks about how we have chosen to work in a completely new way when we produce our repertoire in the theater. A process where everyone in the theater gets to come up with ideas and the actors then go into the workshop to test which ideas work best on the floor. Something we do together with various partners that we at the theater would like to collaborate with. During the past seasons, we at Malmö City Theater have begun a journey of change. Together with theater director Kitte Wagner, we have asked ourselves the question of what kind of theater we want to be and in what way we should conduct our business in order to face the future and continue to be a living and sustainable theater in the city of Malmö.
A short film by filmmaker Nicholas Wakeham.