Vibrant Drama Life and Theatre in Barcelona
Barcelona’s theatres have blossomed greatly in recent years, where world-famous plays and musicals are performed. Theatre has become an elemental part of Barcelona’s culture and it is enjoyed by both locals and visitors. Today’s performances are very varied and range from classical opera, modern dramas, comedies, musicals, alternative theatre, dance and much more.
There are a number of theatres in the city-some are located in elegant buildings and others even go unnoticed from the streets. The shows are held in Catalan, Spanish and English. This is the perfect place to experience theatre in Barcelona. Some of the shows are simply magnificent, that a lot of people from different parts of the world come to watch the shows and be completely swept off their feet.
Classical and Historical Theatre in Barcelona
Gran Teatre del Liceu Opera is the second largest opera theatre in Barcelona, Europe after the renowned Paris Opera. Each year, Gran Teatre del Liceu showcases a variety of operas and captivating dance shows like the Swan Lake. The performances are nothing less than stunning and breath-taking. Apart from this, you can take a tour around the theatre and learn more about its history and get an eyeful of the intricate design and architecture inside it.
The Tivoli Theatre in Barcelona is an important venue for music and opera performances. The theatre dates back to 1849 when it was first an open area for concerts and poetry readings. The Tivoli stage has hosted some of the world’s premier Opera shows and even hosted some respected and celebrated Catalan actors.
Constructed in 1996 and opened on Catalonia’s national holiday, you’ll mostly find works by Catalans and some foreign classics such as Shakespeare, Moliere, Lorca and Schnitzler in the National Teatre de Catalunya. This combination of traditionalism and modernism can be seen in the architectural exterior and grandiose interior of the building.
Modern and Contemporary Theatre in Barcelona
The Coliseum theatre is popular amongst locals and tourists. It offers delightful shows with elements of cabaret and musicals. It catches the eye due to its architecture which actually inspired by the Paris Opera house.
Teatre Lliure is considered as one of the most prestigious theatres in Barcelona. It is one of the first independent theatres which were founded as an alternative to the elitism of the traditional theatres. Teatre Lliure has been a founding member of Union of Theatres of Europe. Performances include in-house and international productions, musicals and contemporary drama.
Teatre Victoria is known as one of the most popular theatres in Barcelona which offers performances such as modern music and plays, reinterpretations of classics, comedy shows and sometimes even hip-hop shows. The Sala Beckett is a small theatre, providing a platform for young writers and artists and promotes contemporary drama in Barcelona. It promotes experimental theatre.
Teatre Grec is an open-air theatre whose aim is to endorse new stage productions by local and international artists and is considered one of the most prestigious theatres in Catalonia. At Mercat De Les Flors, you can watch experimental and contemporary dance productions by Catalan and international companies. Each show offers something new, provocative and unusual, and you are sure to leave the hall mind blown.
During your trip, don’t miss the opportunity to watch a live performance or a show in one of the best theatres in Barcelona.