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Across Europe every year on and around 25 October, historic theatre buildings, as well as institutions and initiatives devoted to our theatre heritage, celebrate the European Historic Theatres Day.

Inaugurated by PERSPECTIV - Association of Historic Theatres in Europe - the European Historic Theatres Day takes place on 25 October 2019 for the third year.

Performances, lectures, guided tours and other festivities are taking place to commemorate the day. Let us know how you are planning to celebrate! Post your event on Facebook and share it on the European Historic Theatres Day Facebook page. @europeanhistorictheatresday

Join in the celebration, mark events, post a story or pictures of your favourite theatres in Europe on social media. If you’re at a theatre watching a play, attending a tour, working backstage, or just hanging out – tell everyone why you love your historic theatre.

Use the tags #European #HistoricTheatresDay  #EuropeanHistoricTheatresDay on Facebook, twitter, and Instagram and connect to theatres across Europe.

On Twitter @visittheatres will be hosting a live ‘tweetathon’ throughout the day profiling events and activities.

Take a break, visit a historic theatre in your neighbourhood or one you never visited before – and be part of the European Historic Theatres Day!

For more information, visit www.perspectiv-online.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PERSPECTIV the Association of Historic Theatres encourages and supports the conservation and restoration of historic theatres, promotes exchange between theatres and those interested in them, initiates and supports research, and introduces the public to this extraordinary European cultural heritage. It established the European Route of Historic Theatres www.erht.eu

From the ancient Greeks until today, the theatre buildings of Europe reflect the colourful tapestry of cultural, social, and artistic history of our continent. The European Historic Theatres Day invites all Europeans to discover how the history of Europe is mirrored in these wonderful buildings, to see stage machinery old and new in action, and to enjoy our rich cultural heritage.

Special events on 25 October 2019 include:


Drottningholm Court Theatre
Backstage Tour

178 93 Drottningholm, Sweden
11:00 (in English) and 13:00 (in Swedish)
Cost: Tickets 150 SEK, students 100 SEK
Celebrating European Historic Theatres Day in Sweden: An exclusive guided tour of Drottningholm Court Theatre including the backstage area and the unique stage machinery. Led by Åsa Tillman, Planning Manager at Drottningholms Slottsteater and Vice President of PERSPECTIV – Association of Historic Theatres in Europe.


Visit Theatres
Channel Route of Historic Theatres

@visittheatres ‘tweetathon’
To find the most tweeted European Historic Theatre of the day!
Visit Theatres promotes opportunities to tour and experience the theatres of Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium, and co-ordinates the Channel Route of the European Route of Historic Theatres www.visittheatres.org
Tweet a memory, a photo and share.



Matcham's Seaside Pleasure Palaces
Talk and film

Hochhauser Auditorium, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
12.30 and 16.00 (two shows)
For the third year running, and in conjunction with the Victoria and Albert Museum and Perspectiv the Frank Matcham Society will be celebrating European Historic Theatres Day. The previous events have drawn the largest audiences of all of the happenings across Europe and we are looking forward to maintaining that record this year. As in previous presentations, Richard Norman will continue the popular theme based on Frank Matcham's Masterpieces on Film, this time concentrating on seaside locations..
The Frank Matcham Society celebrates the work of the British Architect, Frank Matcham.
Download Flier

Normansfield Theatre, Twickenham
Historic European Theatres Day & Normansfield Theatre

11:00 – 12:00 Talk & tour
13:00 – 14:00 Tour of the museum and theatre
A talk about Normansfield Theatre and the European Route of Historic Theatres and PERSPECTIV – the Association of Historic Theatres in Europe by Ian Jones-Healey, Archivist. The talk will be followed by a tour around the theatre including a viewing of the historic scenery collection.
Using our interactive touch screen you can view the catalogue of 150 items of scenery in storage that include beautiful backcloths, side flats, top borders and props. The visit will also show a short film about a recent project to re-photograph the scenery collection.
Cost: Free events - booking not required. Donations welcome

Performance Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington
Staging Places: UK Design for Performance

10.00 – 22.00
Discover the creative process and diversity of performance design across a range of spaces and genres. This display, in collaboration with the Society of British Theatre Designers, presents costumes, set designs, models, photos, drawings and puppets that reveal the work behind the designs. Staging Places coincides with the Prague Quadrennial 2019, the world’s leading international exhibition of scenography and performance design attended by over 60 countries. Exhibition continues to 29 March 2020.


King Albert Theatre, Bad Elster

Comedy evening, after Eugene Scribe
Small Theatre In Berlin-Mitte
Cost: 14 Euro / 16 Euro / 18 Euro

Margravial Opera House, Bayreuth

A look behind the scenes of the Margrave Opera House by staff of the castle and garden management Bayreuth-Eremitage
10:00 and 13:00
Duration: 60 Min
Registration required: personal or by Tel. 0921/95969-22, daily 10:00 to 4:00 at the museum treasury in the Margravial Opera House.
Cost: Adults (incl. Guided tour) regular 8 Euro / reduced 7 Euro per Person; Children / adolescents up to 18 years: free admission (incl. Leadership).
Meet at  Box Office to the Opera House Museum.

Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Theater, Bernberg

19:00 Introduction to the production

Ekhof-Theater at Schloss Friedenstein, Gotha

11:00, 13:00 and 15:00
The 1681-1683 Ekhof-Theater at Schloss Friedenstein in Gotha is one of the oldest Baroque theatres in the world with original, functional stage technology. Visitors can take a look at the historic stage machinery and learn the exciting history of the theatre during the tour.
Cost: 5.00 Euro (erm. 2,50 Euro)

Liebhabertheater Schloss Kochberg, Großkochberg

Theatre at the Klassik Stiftung Weimar
14:00 and 16:00
The Kochberg Castle, a theatre for lovers, invites you to visit the world's unique historic private theatre dating from the 18th century. The neoclassical theatre is part of the former country residence of Goethe's girlfriend Charlotte Von Stein (now Klassik Stiftung Weimar) with Castle and romantic landscape park. The theatre director will lead visitors and talk about historic performance practice in opera, drama and concert.

Theatermuseum Meiningen and Meininger Staatstheater, Meiningen

Full programme of events and stagings
18:00 to 21:00

Theater Putbus, Putbus
The Förderverein Theater Putbus E. V. presents a guided tour, lectures and discussions

11:30 Theatre tour by Egon Noetzel
13:00 Reyk Höhne talk on the latest renovation and reconstruction measures at the theatre, and the rescue of the frieze "Apollo and the muses speak".
14:30 Klaus Möbus, Chairman talk.

Information on European Historic Theatre Day events in Germany

Facebook Deutschland-Route Historische Theater
Marco Karthe
c/o Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein, Gotha
Phone: 0 36 21 / 82 34-500
Fax: 0 36 21 / 82 34-190
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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