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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 for the fifth year on 25 October 2021.

Virtual and live performances, lectures, and guided tours will celerate the importance of historic theatres in our lives as we manage through these difficult times. Let us know how you are planning to celebrate in 2021. 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 socially distancing at a theatre, attending a tour, working backstage – tell everyone why you love your historic theatre. Here are some events taking place this year on the Visit Theatres Routes.


THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE, BELFAST - Simon Goldrick and Peter Ruthven Hall

European Historic Theatres Day
Monday 25 October 2021, Time 4pm (UK Time)

As this year’s contribution to Perspectiv’s European Historic Theatres Day on 25 October The Frank Matcham Society will be hosting another on-line presentation by Zoom.

Following Simon Goldrick's article for the Matcham Journal this year, he and Theatre Consultant Peter Ruthven Hall look back at the origins of the Grand Opera House in Belfast, the changes imposed on it since its opening in 1895 and a fuller description of the recent refurbishment that has transformed the 1895 building and 2006 foyer expansion.

In previous years The Frank Matcham society's live events, and last year's on-line talk, have attracted the largest single audience for any European organised event marking EHTD and this year we hope to keep that record. 
The presentation may be booked now through Ticket Source www.ticketsource.com searching for Frank Matcham Society


This year we encourage you to get out and visit theatres, though we know not all are fully open. We are promoting sustainable travel, and invite you to include a historic theatre (or two) in your walk or cycle ride this weekend (Sat 23 - Mon 25 October).

To inspire you, we've put together 2 bike trails - Cycle Trail West London - 1 and Cycle Trail West London Loop - 2. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details. They are based in West London but you'll have your own favourite itineraries with Theatres and other venues linking up en-route.


As a special event for European Historic Theatres Day join Visit Theatres Chair, Alison Rae, for an exploration of little-known London performance sites: 'Lost And Hidden Theatres of the East West End', from St Paul's to Covent Garden, on Sunday 24th October, the eve of Historic Theatre Day.
Places are free but must be booked in advance by 5pm on Saturday 23rd October, and capacity is strictly limited.
The walk starts from outside London Blackfriars ( North Bank ) main entrance at 1pm.

Allow at least 2 and half hours and be prepared for steps and changes of level especially around the City of London and Fleet Street.

To book –
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with your name and number of places (max 4)

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

On Twitter @visittheatres will be tweeting throughout the day profiling events and activities.

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.


European Historic Theatres Day