Art is a universal form of communication which can be appreciated by anyone, no matter where you are. When I find myself sat in the audience of a theatre, it is not just the performance I admire. The architecture can be either beautifully simplistic, or incredibly detailed – both equally astounding. The most exciting thing about travelling is the ability to discover and explore new things. So why not visit these magnificent theatres around the globe?
After all, “All the world’s a stage” – William Shakespeare.
The Seebühne – Bregenz, Austria
An open air opera house situated on Lake Constance, what could be more atmospheric? The Seebühne is a floating stage and is one of the few venues that holds performances for the local Bregenz Festival – which has been running since 1946. The festival began as a ten day run of one opera and was such a success that it now runs for two months, with multiple shows and events. The lake is often incorporated within the set – the festival runs throughout July and August.
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus – Atticus, Greece
Athenian magnate Herodes Atticus built this impressive venue in 161 AD in memory of his wife. Originally, it was used as a music venue and held a capacity of 5000, before it was left in ruins in 267 AD. The venue was later restored in 1950 and is now used as the main venue for the Athens festival which runs from May-October every year.
Minack Theatre – Cornwall, United Kingdom
The Minack Theatre is one of the most famous amphitheatres in the world. One of which, I have actually had the pleasure of performing in. Over 150,000 people visit this venue on the cliffs of the Atlantic Ocean each year, where they experience the beauty of Cornwall whilst enjoying a show. This performance space was created by Rowena Cade and her gardener Billy Rawlings in 1932 and has since been very much the heart of theatre throughout the county.
Palais Garnier – Paris, France
Palais Garnier seats 1979 people and is one of the main tourist attractions in Paris. It was built from 1861-1875 for the Paris opera. Gaston Leroux found his inspiration at this very venue for his novel “The Phantom of the Opera”. The theatre is known for its beautiful crystal chandelier with 340 lights.
Copenhagen Opera House – Denmark
Copenhagen Opera House is known to be one of the most famously modern buildings of its kind. It can hold an audience of up to 1703 and each seat is specifically placed in order for each member to have the most incredible experience. If you’re a musician, you will be interested to know that the orchestra pit can hold up to 110 musicians, meaning you are guaranteed an impressive performance if you visit this unique theatre.