Theatre in all its forms is popular in Liechtenstein, not least amateur theatre. The country boasts a large number of passionate amateur actors and actresses who are often also frequent visitors to the professional productions put on in the Principality. Indeed, such is the attraction of the local theatre scene that many theatre enthusiasts from the surrounding region travel to Liechtenstein to attend performances. This also applies to the country's dance scene.
The "TAK" is the grand daddy of Liechtenstein's theatre scene. For over 40 years it has combined theatre, music, comedy, dance and readings under one roof. As well as staging its own productions, it frequently welcomes internationally renowned artists, ensembles, orchestras and conductors. Over the years it has developed into a platform for culture in Liechtenstein and today collaborates with the "Schlösslekeller" theatre and the "Literaturhaus Liechtenstein" to put on events.
Based in Vaduz, the Schlösslekeller is a small theatre originally founded by the cabaret group "Das Liechtensteiner Gabarett", who had nowhere to perform. Today it is, together with the "TAK", one of the largest stages in Liechtenstein and symbolises the country's lively and active cabaret and comedy scene.
Every year since its foundation in 2001 the "Junges Theater Liechtenstein" has put on professional theatre productions featuring children, teenagers and adults with and without mental handicaps. Age groups range from U9 through to U21, with the theatre team on hand to introduce the children and teenagers to the world of acting in a fun and enjoyable way.
Amateur dramatics are a major part of village life and have a long and proud tradition in Liechtenstein. Performances put on by the local football team or the voluntary fire brigade draw large audiences and are annual highlights.