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6 - 20. Jun

Estonian Drama Theatre “Business as Usual”

19:00 - 23:00

Tartu city | Tartu Kammivabrik

  • Theatre
45 - 55 €

Tickets will be on sale at the beginning of 2024.


“Business As Usual” is a gripping narrative inspired by the money laundering scandals that rocked Estonian banking. The project is a part of the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 main programme.

Author: Mehis Pihla
Director: Hendrik Toompere jr
Set Designer: Kristjan Suits
Composer: Maria Faust
Sound Designer: Lauri Kaldoja

Cast: featuring actors from the Estonian Drama Theatre and Maria Faust, accompanied by talented Danish musicians.
At its core, the story revolves around a young man from the Tartu suburb of Annelinn. Through connections, he lands a job in the foreign banking department of a prestigious capital bank. The department’s primary clientele comprises Eastern Bloc oligarchs. Business thrives, with the services of the Scandinavian bank branch being as secure as “swissarskaya”, as secretive as an “offshornaya” account, and as close as “petersburskaya”.
As the number of clients and turnover skyrockets, the protagonist finds himself entangled in a world where he must navigate encounters with oligarchs, prostitutes, and security guards. Adventures unfold in luxurious ski resorts across Europe and the vast expanse of Russia. This tale is seasoned with dark humour, portraying a reality where cash isn’t carried in briefcases but in suitcases with wheels.

The play provides a unique glimpse into a world accessible only to the super-rich, shedding light on how money laundering has influenced the politics of Western countries for decades. It delves into the complexities of giving up money of dubious origins. Based on meticulously researched documentary materials from press publications and extensive interviews, “Business as Usual” offers a compelling exploration of a global issue that continues to shape our society.


  • Partially accessible for people with reduced mobility


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Teguri 28a, Tartu, Tartu maakond, Eesti

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