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BARCELONA THEATRE - THEATRES IN BARCELONA SPAIN

Barcelona TheatreBarcelona Theatre - The range of Barcelona's stage facilities can be differentiated in three main categories: (i) public theatres (examples here are the Teatre Grec, which gave its name to the city's annual Grec Summer Festival, the Mercat de les Flors and the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya); (ii) private theatres (with a highly diversified commercial circuit) and; (iii) a series of alternative theatre venues. The two most important theatres in Barcelona are the National Theatre and the Auditorium of Barcelona. They are two of the most important buildings in the modern cultural and musical life of the city.

L'Auditori, inaugurated in 1999, is the music's new cultural complex in Barcelona and one of the most frequented musical scenarios in the country, with 332,000 spectators in the year 2002, with the modern Symphonic Room of exceptional acoustics, and the next incorporation in the same building of the “Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, ESMUC”, and the “Museu de la Theatres in BarcelonaMúsica”. L'Auditori is the central residence for Orquesta Simfonica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya´s (OBC) first-class orchestra for its number of permanent and guest musicians, with 10,000 subscribers to its season of Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. L'Auditori is more than a last generation musical hall. It covers a wide range of social and institutional events and offers its facilities to institutions and companies interested in organizing their events. L'Auditori has housed the delivery of the Goya Movie Awards, the presentation of the Fòrum Universal de les Cultures Barcelona 2004, the delivery of dispatches of the Judicial Power, among other activites. The year 2002 l'Auditori welcomed 96 public events of this kind, with the participation of 16,300 people.

Inaugurated in 1997, The National Theatre was born with the objetive to consolidate a theatrical offer of high quality, both on national and international levels. The National Theatre was designed by arquitect Ricado Bofill. It´s glass exterior permits you clear vision of the inside. It has three theatre halls. One of the presentations that have taken place in this teatre is, for instance, "The Reader by Hours" by Sanchís.

Another important Theatre in Barcelona is the Teatre Liceu. Founded in 1847 on Barcelona's Las Ramblas, the Gran Teatre del Liceu is an opera house that has retained its role as a culture and arts center throughout its history, becoming one of the symbols of the city. Today, it is a publicly-owned theatre by the Catalan Regional Government, Barcelona City Council, Barcelona Provincial Council and the Ministry of Culture, under the administration of the Fundació del Gran Teatre del Liceu.

If you are planning to go to the theatre during your visit in Barcelona, make sure to purchase your ticket beforehand. Tickets can be very hard to get even months before a show! Some shows are based on music, or have no or little spoken words. Nonetheless, make sure to investigate this detail, before making your decision.

Major theatre and opera housed in Barcelona include:

Gran Teatre del Liceu: Opera and ballet. (La Rambla, 51 – 59, 08002 Barcelona)

Teatro Nacional de Catalunya: Contemporary performances and shows for the whole family. (Plaça de les Arts 1, 08012 Barcelona)

Palau de la Música Catalana: Classical music performances by renowned orchestras and musicians. (Sant Francesc de Paula no. 2, 08003 Barcelona).

L´ Auditori de Barcelona: Symphonic concerts. (Lepant no. 150, 08013 Barcelona).

Villaroel Theatre: Comedy theatre. (Villaroel no.87, 08015 Barcelona).

Sala Muntaner: Contemporary performances. (Muntaner no. 4, 08015 Barcelona).

Club Capitol: Contemporary performances. (Calle Las Ramblas no. 138, 08015 Barcelona).