Entrusted with the task of performing the classics, as well as staging new Swedish and foreign drama, the Royal Dramatic Theatre, or Dramaten, is Stockholm's number one theatre. It played host to a pre-Hollywood Greta Garbo and was a home from home for Ingmar Bergman, who directed plays here for over four decades. The lavish structure was built between 1902 and 1908 in Jugendstil style, with a white marble façade and gilded bronzework. Paintings and sculptures by Sweden's most famous artists decorate the building: Theodor Lundberg created the golden statues of Poetry and Drama at the front; Carl Milles was responsible for the large sculptural group below the raised central section of the façade; and Carl Larsson painted the foyer ceiling. The theatre's architect, Fredrik Liljekvist, wanted to create a grand and imposing structure and added the domed attic to give the building more prominence. It worked - it's one of Stockholm's most striking structures, particularly when the setting sun hits the golden lamp-posts and statues. The auditorium is equally stunning. A guided tour (call in advance if you want it in English) covers the main stage, smaller stages and rehearsal rooms (July tours only take place if there's a show on). For a wonderful view over Nybroviken, visit the outdoor café on the second-floor balcony.