The Théâtre National du Luxembourg was founded in 1996 as a result of the great enthusiasm generated by “Luxembourg – European Capital of Culture 1995”. The TNL wants to act as an intermediary for the internationalisation of theatre in Luxembourg, that is indirectly finding its true national identity in a European environment. As a real hub for Romanic and Germanic cultures, Luxembourg can become an important centre of European theatre. To once again paraphrase the famous quote by Malraux, you might say that Luxembourgish theatre of the 21st century will either be European or it will not be anything!
Since its establishment the TNL has been going after this ideal with an undeniable success that has been recognised by the national and international press, by audiences coming in thousands to attend the often very ambitious performances and the hundreds of artists and technicians that have worked for the theatre.
By, on the one hand opening up opportunities abroad for Luxembourgish artists working in theatre professions and by inviting renowned international artists to Luxembourg to take part in coproductions on the other, the TNL serves as a scene for all the national theatrical arts.
The systematic export of Luxembourgish quality productions in the domain of theatre and opera and the constant anxiety to see Luxemburgish culture being passed on across the borders, has ensured the survival of Luxemburgish theatre, if not necessarily its prominence. The TNL stays true to its principles developed since its foundation and additionally has two main goals: to be a theatre of language and literature – all in the three languages used in Luxembourg, Luxembourgish, French and German – as well as a theatre of opera and of contemporary music, whilst maintaining close relationships with the different orchestras in Luxembourg. In addition to that, the TNL sees itself as a theatre of creative production in general, in which authors and composers from Luxembourg can find a reference point. Since the season of 2005/2006 the Théâtre National has also been involved in dance productions for the first time.
Seats: Theatre (140), Studio (70), Ateliers du TNL (100)