The Best Theatres in the World You Will Fall in Love With

A theatre is like a magic door to the Narnia, a path to the world of fairytale where stories come alive and dreams come true. For centuries, the theatre has been the spot to see and to be seen. So, it is no wonder they are indeed works of art. From expressionist marvels to open-air masterpieces, the experts from have collected the world's most spectacular theatres you will definitely fall in love with.

One of the Most Famous Theatres in the World: The Globe Theatre, London

To be or not to be? That is the question. To visit or not to visit? It is not even a question. The Globe Theatre (its name goes from the expression everyone in the world is an actor) is always associated with one famous playwright – William Shakespeare. The original theatre was constructed in the 17th century and burnt down in a couple of years.

Luckily, the local government built another one just around the corner. In the times of Elizabeth, the First, bank side of the city was known as the place Londoners would come for entertainment. Theater-going was a favorite pastime of all classes and walks of life. That masterpiece you can see any time you want. It has three stores of seating and can hold up to 3,000 people. At the base of the stage, there is an area where people stand and watch the performance.

To be honest, when you are standing there, it feels like a rock concert or a footie match instead of a conventional theatre experience. That is what they love it for.

One of the Most Beautiful Theatres in the World: Teatro La Fenice, Italy

Venice, unique and fascinating. A city that oozes with art and culture in every sector. A glorious and troubled history, just like the one of its theater – Teatro La Fenice. For over two centuries, it has been the most magnificent theatre in Venice and one of the most famous theaters in the world. Rising from the flames three times, its name – the Phoenix – was prophetic.

The construction of the theater was completed in April 1792. The new one was called Le Fenice like the immortal bird who rises out of its own ashes. But almost as if the name were the bearer of bad omens, the Opera House was devasted by the first fire a couple of years later. It took nearly eight years to rebuild it as it was.

Be sure, once you enter Teatro La Fenice, you will step back into the 18th century and drop your jaw to the floor.

The Winter Garden Theatre, Canada

This great theatre was built in 1913 by Marcus Lowe and was restored spectacularly in the 1980s by the provincial government. The architecture of this building is really about the interior and an amazing array of lavish finishes which we do not see in modern theatres (imitation of marble technique, gilding, etc.).

Scenographic painting in the Winter Garden Theater where various garden themes and animals are painted right onto the walls. Structural columns become tree trunks; the ceiling is made of leaves. What is unusual about it is its double-décor feature. It is the last surviving double-décor theater in the world by means of stairs. So, the actors could actually appear simultaneously in productions upstairs and downstairs with staggered acts.

Palais Garnier, France

As soon as you walk in, you can’t help but notice the circular foyer as well as the architect’s unique signature sculpted right on the ceiling’s arabesques. As soon as you walk in, you can’t help but notice the red satin velvet boxes. The color was chosen to enhance the glamorous look of the women. The project of Opera Theatre was the subject of an architectural design competition during 1861 and was won by the architect Charles Garnier. With the start of excavation came an unexpected challenge. Deep under the construction site, they discovered a lake. The opera’s plans had to be altered so that the lake could remain without affecting a project. This was what inspired the novel, an infamous musical – “The Phantom of the Opera”. It took 14 years to complete.

One of the most impressive parts of the Opera Garnier is its majestic staircase leading up to the auditorium and lounges. The splendor of the various foyers, the abundant décor and the variety of materials used will take your breath away. But back then, to the bourgeois of Paris or the upper class, it was a perfect setting for social rituals in which the spectators were also actors

Seating 2,200 people, the auditorium is also an architectural treasure. A double ceiling is painted in 1969 by famous painter Chagall to create a more modern look and was mounted on top of the original painting so that one day it could be removed to reveal the original artwork.

The numerous paintings and sculptures make the Palais Garnier more than just a theater but also a museum of beautiful historical art.

Margravial Opera House, Germany

Hundreds of tourists come to the small city of Bayreuth every day to explore this original baroque theatre. It first opened in 1748, and it is barely changed since then. From outside it looks quite modest, but once you step in, the glimmer of the gold, the stage setting, and all the décor astonish you. With a depth of 27 meters, the stage was the largest in Germany at the time. What is unusual is that many of the original details such as the pillars and the flower trellises are made of lime wood.

Going to theater in the 18th century was much like going to a party. The crowd would eat, chat, and dance even while the performance was taking place. The citizens of Germany were an integral part of the show, and the lavish interior design served as a testimony to their power.

Why is it the best theatre in the world? Why do you need to see the Margravial Opera House at least once? Just because it is the theatre that makes you want to watch opera.

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