New Riga Theatre building restoration finished

The renovation and reconstruction of the New Riga Theatre (JRT) building has concluded, and the object was commissioned on December 22, 2023, according to Renārs Griškevičs, chair of the state JSC "State Real Estate" (VNĪ).

Defect rectification and interior fitting will continue in January, and very soon the theater will be able to gradually start returning to its original home, Lāčplēša Street 25. It is planned to hand over the keys of the building to the JRT by March.

"This is a great Christmas present for all theater fans: the challenging road to renovated, state-of-the-art facilities has actually concluded. We are delighted that we have managed to meet the deadlines agreed with [the builder] SBSC in March. All that remains now is to complete the interior of the premises, install the last remaining furniture, and fix the defects. And then the theatre collective will be able to return to their homes,"  said Griškevičs.

As reported earlier by LSM, the New Rīga Theater construction project has already taken too long in the view of the thespians based there, so they announced an open-ended strike citing the renovation as an "open-ended project for the country". The deadline for completion provided in the contract was March 11 of 2023, and it had already been extended several times before. It was later speculated that the deadline could be autumn of this year but the construction company objected that it was unfeasible.

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