The Dailes Theatre
was opened for the first time on November 19, 1920. Rainis'
tragedy "Indulis and Arija" was presented to the public. The
leading role was acted by the talented actor, artistic director
and theater's founder Eduards Smilgis. Already in the first
play staged in the theater its adherence to theatricality and
ethnography was distinctly seen. Since 1929 the repertoire included
not only classical and modern plays but musicals as well.
In 1963 the artistic leadership of
the theatre was undertaken by director and playwright Peteris
Petersons. In this period the repertoire of the theater was
enriched by such plays as Night and Fire by Rainis, the poetic
composition Motorcycle, based on Latvian poet Imants Ziedonis's
work, and Dostoyevski's "The Idiot".
One of the central themes of all
stagings was the conflict between an artist and faceless crowd.
In 1971, Arnolds Linins became chief director of the theatre,
staging such important productions as Shakespeare's Richard
III, Ibsen's Brandt, Rainis Jazeps un vina brali (Joseph and
His Brothers), Ferdinand Bruckner's Elizabeth, the Queen of
England, musical play by Rudolfs Blaumanis Isa pamaciba milesana
(A Short Course in Love). In the autumn of 1987, Karlis Auskaps,
the student and follower of Arnolds Linins, took over as artistic
director of the Daile Theatre. The philosophic plays staged
under his direction became important events in the theatrical
life. One should name "Muzibas skartie" (Touched by Eternity),
by the Latvian author Aleksandrs Caks, "When We Dead Awaken"
by Ibsen, "Der Steppenwolf" by Hesse.
Since September 16, 2002 the artistic
director of the theater has been Michail Grusdov. Nowadays
the Daile Theate is one of the most successful theaters in
the country. It can be proved not only by the popularity of
the theater among Rigaers and guests of the city, but also
by the numerous awards at different theatrical festivals.
The troupe tours a lot and the theater-goers in the United
States, Canada, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Germany and Australia
are acquainted with the repertoire of the theater. The Daile
Theatre is also distinguished by the fact that it is the only
major theatre in Latvia to present regular productions of
modern foreign plays.
Address: Brivibas St,. 75