Södra Teatern AB is a wholly-owned subsidiary company to The Swedish National Touring Theater (Riksteatern), which has a network of 230 local member-organizers throughout Sweden. Since 1997, Södra Teatern has set its focus on staging international performances of dance, music, debates and drama seldom chanced in established mainstream settings. Here, people get to experience Gypsy wedding music from Macedonia, hybrids of latin electronica from Mexico, grooves from Africa, Burlesque Festivals or rai, indiepop, electronica and fado.
You can drop in at the queer party or rock club, debate the new terrorist laws, philosophical and spritual issues, or simply enjoy the affect created by a dj’s selection. World famed artists like rai legend Cheika Remiti, Egypt’s pop-king, Hakim, fado singer Mariza, the Red hot Chili Peppers, Angelique Kidjo, Nortec Collective, Coldplay, Grimes, Sexteto Mayor, Tim Hecker, Nick Cave and club-scene acts give celebrated concerts on Södra Teatern. It is here that prominent performers from Istanbul, Cairo, New York, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Tokyo, Bombay, Bogotá, Casablanca, Berlin, Lisbon and Bamako have first been introduced to the Swedish public.
Södra Teatern is a meeting place for people and ideas. The theater was inaugurated in 1859 but did not adopt its present direction until 1997. Since then, Södra Teatern has gone on to position itself as one of Scandinavia’s foremost scenes for international guest artists – attracting people from every corner of society. Södra Teatern’s audiences are one of the most diverse in Stockholm.
Södra Teatern’s artistic presentations reflect the underlying culture of many minorities and are intended to awaken the public’s curiosity. The ecstatic, the meditative, the religious, the sub-cultural, the radical, the confrontational, the offbeat and the interesting - all meet within the perimeters of Södra Teatern’s stages.
Södra Teatern’s success is founded on its ability to create new concepts and on the relationships it has established in local and international arenas.
The Theatre Building
Södra Teatern is Stockholm’s oldest playhouse. Its beautiful and intimate lounge is appointed in green and gold with red velvet chairs. In the main theater, fourteen rows of seats are arranged over parquet flooring, with two balconies and two royal boxes.
Artists and the audience mingle in the beautiful bar with a sensational view over the whole of the Old town and several other parts of Stockholm. Södra Teatern also offers such diverse events as club-scene entertainment, readings and child philosophy. And during the summer months, people can sit outside on the large terrace and enjoy the latest in international music.
Kägelbanan (the Bowling, Alley), hosts two stages, seats 600 people altogether.
Etablissemanget hosts a stage and restaurant. It seats 225 people. Here the local artists makes the most of the local artistic heritage.
Södra Teatern AB’s Organization
Since 2013 Södra Teatern is a wholly-owned subsidiary company to The Swedish National Touring Theater (Riksteatern), which has a network of 230 local member-organizers throughout Sweden. Södra Teatern’s repertoire is arranged through the international network of agents and artists. One of its most vital goals is to function as a platform where the ideas and desires of people from all parts of the world are cross-exchanged. Since 2004 Södra Teatern are working to create a network among the local organizers in order to make it possible to present the artists not only in Stockholm but in different parts of the country. The repertoire is set by Södra Teatern only, and focus on the subcultural, the urban hybrid acts, acts from all over the world.
The organization consists of a programming department which is the core of the organization. The market department, press department, technical staff, the box office and sales all support the programming department with their different skills in order to create as good performances and thrilling experience for the audience as possible.
Bar & Restaurant
At Södra Teatern you will find one restaurant and five bars as well as seven stages. And the breathtaking views of Stockholm are free of charge!
On the menu here you will find a selection of dishes inspired by traditional Swedish courses mixed with influences from French cuisine.
Mon - Tue: 11.30 am – 10 pm
Wed - Thu: 11.30 am – 1 am
Fri: 11 am – 2 am
Sat: 11.00 am – 4 pm & 5 pm – 2 am
Sun: 11.00 am – 4 pm & 5 pm – 10 pm
Enjoy good music and refreshing cocktails, and why not linger on our outdoor veranda? At around nine ‘o’clock the bar turns into a nightclub with DJ:s, live bands and other surprises.
Thu: 5 pm – 1 am
Fri - Sat: 5 pm - 2 am, and in connection with events
Two bars that are open in connection with events.
Beyond doubt one of Stockholm’s most popular places to be during the warmer months of the year. We also stage a number of live concerts here during summer.
When the weather allows it:
Sun – Thu: 11:00 – 22:00
Fri – Sat: 11:00 – 23:00
We believe that this bar’s balcony is the most highly situated public terrace in Stockholm. If the views from our other bars are splendid, from here the view is nothing short of breathtaking!
Open for the public from June 6, when the weather permits it. Also possible to book private for parties.
Södra Teatern AB is located on Mosebacke, named after Anders Jönsson Moses, who operated a mill there towards the end of the 1600s. During the 18th century, a pub “Stockholms Vapen” (Stockholm’s Weapon) was opened on Mosebacke. In the middle of the 19th century, a trader by the name of C.A. Wallman purchased a large section of the area and arranged to have it modernized and expanded. In November of 1853, the construction of Södra Teatern, designed by the architect J.F. Åbom, was completed. But only a few years later, virtually the entire project lay in ruins – the catastrophic result of a raging fire in1857 which destroyed every wooden structure in the Mosebacke area. Only the stone walls remained of the Theatre. Södra Teatern, however, was soon rebuilt and in December 1859, it was once again inaugurated. The new rooms were larger and lavishly decorated with gold ornamentation and paintings. The façade was also grander in design, now embellished with stately columns and sculptures. At the time, the Theatre was regarded as the most beautiful building in Stockholm. And the square in which the theatre stands was known as “Lilla Montmartre”.
During the 1930s- and 40s there were a lot of chorus shows at Södra Teatern. The renowned Swedish culture figure Kar de Mumma (Erik Zetterström) premiered as play- and revue writer 1931. Famous artists such as Sickan Carlsson and Annalisa Ericson performed. Thor Modéen used the theatre as home for a long period of time and by the end of the 1950s Södra Teatern was turned into a radio studio where the much appreciated tv- and radio program Mosebacke Monarki was recorded with Swedish actors Hasse & Tage (Hasse Alfredson and Tage Danielsson).
1969 the theatre had been renovated and was re-inaugurated after a fire.
During the 1970’s The Swedish National Touring Company (Riksteatern), who had used the theatre as stage for guest performances, became responsible for Södra Teatern. 1997 Ozan Sunar got the assignment to create an international venue and the artistic direction that shapes the activity today.
2013 the programming department and the restaurant company were merged together and formed Södra Teatern AB - a wholly-owned subsidiary company to The Swedish National Touring Theater (Riksteatern). Managing and artistic director is Ingmari Pagenkemper.
A pick of our Performing Artists:
Bombino, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Lustmord, Shangaan Electro, Amandititita, Nick Cave, Rachid Taha, Tiger Lillies, Gotan Project, Tinariwen, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Amadou & Mariam, Eskobar, Hakim, Anthony & The Johnsons, Abida Parveen, Rokia Traoré, Sparks, Diamanda Galás, Toumani Diabaté, Sergeant Garcia, Jane Birkin, Cheikha Remitti, Coldplay, Anouar Brahim, Cristobal Repetto, Zap Mama, Kronos Quartett, Susheela Raman, Ojos de Brujo, Calexico, Amina, Blixa Bargeld, Bajo Fondo Tango Club, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Gogol Bordello, Lloyd Cole, Boban Markovic, Nina Hagen, Ladysmith Black Mambaso, La Vela Puerca, Trilok Gurtu, Ed Harcourt, Maria McKee, Rabih Abou-Khalil group, Sigur Rós, Mariza, Nitin Sawhney, Sage Francis, Sister India, Marc Almond, Istanbul Oriental Ensemble, Balkan Beat Box, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Broken Social Scene, Marianne Faithful, Wimme, Vera Bila, Mahotella Queens, Animal Collective, Fun Da Mental, Cheikh Hamza Shakkur, Los de Abajo, Arab Strap, Shazia Mirza, Djivan Gasparyan, Sexteto Mayor, Kroke, Einstürzende Neubauten, Hugh Masekela, Los de Abajos, Lee Hazlewood, Cristina Branco, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Omara Portuondo, Mory Kante, Damien Jurado, Alim Qasimov, Ron Sexsmith, Oshima No Theatre, The Klezmatics, Cesaria Evora, Femi Kuti, Shajarian, Angelique Kidjo, David Krakauer, Najat Atabou, Rokia Traoré, Ursula Rucker, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, James Blake, Yat-Kha, Lila Downs, Green Ginger, Habib Koité, Sharam Nazeri, Esma Redjepova, Chava Alberstein, Transglobal Underground, Ryan Adams, Neville Trenter, The Funjabis, Ronnie Burkett, Need Company, Company FZ, Nortec Collective, Grimes, Ba Cissoko, Deolinda, Hindi Zahra, Grouper, Orquesta Tipica Fernandez Fierro, Michael Kiwanuka, Systema Solar, Circle, Ana Tijoux, Fatoumata Diawara.
Annual events: approx. 750 (2012)
Annual audience: 250.000 (2012)
Media coverage: approx. Nine notices per day, foremost in Stockholm but also nationwide.
Capacity: 6 Stages, Main Stage seating 414, Kägelbanan 2 stages hosts 600 people altogether, Södra Bar 250 people, Etablissemanget 225 people and Terrassen, our outdoor stage 1300 people.
Banquet room: seats 60 people
Cornerstone date: Södra Teatern was built in 1859.