ROYAL DISTRICT THEATRE was founded in 1997 by a prominent Georgian actress Iza Gigoshvili. Since its establishment RDT has been supporting innovative and free theatrical experiments, popularization of new plays, thus contributing to widening the perspective of Georgian theatre. Since 2008 a young group of actors - led by award winning young director and author Data Tavadze - has been active at RDT. The group made the theatre popular abroad with its innovative forms and acutely up-to-date performances. Data Tavade’s productions were presented at Deutsches Theater Berlin, BOZAR Brussels, moment:teater Stockholm, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Staatstheater Braunsweig, Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre and more.
In 2008-2011 RDT founded the festival of 25-minute play ARDIfest that aimed at discovering new faces and encouraging their work. The directors, playwright, actors, composers and designers discovered at ARDIfest are ultimately defining the face of young Georgian theatre nowadays.
RDT is also active in the educational field, it hosts the Center for Development of Contemporary Theatre. RDT actively collaborates with Gothenburg Academy for Music and Drama (Sweden); arranges public lectures, professional seminars, workshops for Georgian and foreign theatre-makers.
Repertoire choices at RDT are always taking into consideration social values, political event in Georgia and around the world, as we do believe that theatre is a space for reflection and reaction, dialogue and analysis.