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25 October 2022 is European Historic Theatres Day, a day established in 2017 by PERSPECTIV - Association of Historic Theatres in Europe, to highlight the existence and work of historic venues across Europe. The last five years have seen a great response on social media with postings of some amazing theatre images using the hashtags #EuropeanHistoricTheatres Day and #HistoricTheatresDay.

Virtual and live performances, lectures, and guided tours celebrate the importance of historic theatres in our lives. Let us know how you are planning to celebrate in 2022. Post your event on Facebook and share it on the European Historic Theatres Day Facebook page. @europeanhistorictheatresday

This year we hope that as many theatres as possible will post images, stories, facts and figures showing the wish to connect and celebrate the network of venues and people, as we reopen, return, and revisit - share experiences and memories learning from each other as the industry builds back. We also enourage using this year's tag with the thought of the situation of theatres in Ukraine in mind: #TheatresTogether

Join in, mark events, post a story or pictures of your favourite theatres in Europe on social media. If you’re visiting a theatre, attending a tour, working backstage – tell everyone why you love your historic theatre.

Use the tags #TheatresTogether #European  #HistoricTheatresDay  #EuropeanHistoricTheatresDay on Facebook, twitter, and Instagram and connect to theatres across Europe. Let the rest of the world know that theatres in solidarity help each other.

Also on Twitter @visittheatres will be tweeting throughout the day profiling events and activities: what is the most tweeted European Historic Theatre?!

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. 

Be a part of the European Historic Theatres Day!



Tuesday 25 October 2022,  2.30pm
Hochhauser Auditorium, Victoria and Albert Museum
Sackler Courtyard Entrance, Exhibition Road, South Kensington London SW7 2RL
Tickets only available from Ticketsource www.ticketsource.co.uk (search for Frank Matcham Society)
(Tickets will not be available on the door or from the V&A)

The Frank Matcham Society, in association with The Victoria and Albert Museum celebrates PERSPECTIV’s European Historic Theatres Day with an illustrated talk. Mike Sell, Vice-President of The Frank Matcham Society draws on his extensive travels and knowledge of European theatres to investigate the development of, and need for, National Theatres across an often troubled and divided continent.
Mike Sell is a historian and author specialising in theatre architecture who co-edited Curtains – a new life for old theatres and The Theatres Trust Guide to British Theatres 1750-1950; contributed to books Frank Matcham Theatre Architect and Frank Matcham and Co; authored Theatres and Concert Halls of Fellner and Helmer and in 2020 marked the centenary of Frank Matcham’s death publishing the Society’s Matcham Directory. Make it a full day by visiting the new displays in the museum’s Theatre and Performance Galleries including the newly opened Re:Imagining Musicals. Entrance is free and the museum opens at 10am. 


Curtain up for the history of the Comoedienhaus Wilhelmsbad theatre.
On October 25th, the "European Day of Historical Theatres", we invite interested parties to a guided tour. It starts at 5 p.m. Register on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 06181/5088500.
The tour is free of charge, donations to the Friends of the Carousel in the State Park Hanau-Wilhelmsbad e. V. are welcome.


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