The Finnish National Theatre founded in 1872 in the city of Pori
, is located in central Helsinki
on the northern side of the Helsinki Central Railway Station Square. The Finnish National Theatre is the oldest Finnish-language professional theatre in Finland. It was known as the Finnish Theatre until 1902 when it was renamed the Finnish National Theatre.
The theatre established a new production unit in 2010, which was given the name of Touring Stage. This unit, which has no fixed stage, aims to take small-scale touring performances to locations throughout the country which have little or no access to theatre, such as schools, day care centres, homes for the elderly, hospitals, welfare reception centres, prisons and so on. The Touring Stage’s programme focuses on topical issues which are developed through community research and interaction, reaching out and giving voice to marginalised sectors of society.
In January 2011 the theatre’s former restaurant reopened as the Club Scene (Lavaklubi), transformed into a late-evening club-like entertainment spot. The space has been given a new look, refurbished in a piano-bar stroke artist’s living-room style, and hosts various types of music, drama and poetry performances as well as discussion evenings and artist soirées.