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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 second 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 on Facebook, twitter, and Instagram and it will connect theatres across Europe.

Follow @visittheatres on twitter where there will be a live ‘tweetathon’ 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.

Special events on 25 October 2018 included:

Drottningholm Court Theatre “Backstage Tour”

178 93 Drottningholm, Sweden
CET 11.00 (in English) and 13.00 (in Swedish)
Cost: Tickets 150 SEK, students 100 SEK
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

@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

Frank Matcham Masterpieces on Film - Part II

Hochhauser Auditorium, Victoria and Albert Museum, Sackler Courtyard entrance, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2RL United Kingdom
12.30 and 15:00
Cost: Tickets £7.50
Richard Norman presents a talk on Frank Matcham’s theatres in film including historic clips of location scenes in The King's Theatre Southsea, the Victoria Palace London, the Longton Empire in the Potteries, the New Cross Empire, and the Granville Walham Green. Including a showing of “Bombastic Rubbish”, a light-hearted film celebrating ‘Matchless Matcham’ produced by Angel Sharp Media with the assistance of the Frank Matcham Society.
Organised by The Frank Matcham Society in collaboration with the V&A Theatre & Performance Collections in London.
The Frank Matcham Society celebrates the work of the British Architect, Frank Matcham.

Normansfield Theatre

2A Langdon Park Road, TW11 9PS London, United Kingdom
19:00 to 20.30
Cost: This talk is free. Booking not required. Donations welcome.
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.

Comoedienhaus Wilhelmsbad

Parkpromenade 5, 63454 Hanau, Germany
CET 15:00
Cost: Tour and lecture tickets 5,00 Euros
Led by technical director Gaby Mayer
Matthias Wickert will talk about the "European Route of Historic Theatres", a project by PERSPECTIV – the Association of Historic Theatres in Europe. Matthias Wickert is a board member Perspectiv and was Route Manager of the Germany route until 2016

Theatermuseum Meiningen

1 Schloß Platz, 98617 Meiningen, Germany
"Magic world of the scenery"
CET 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00
Cost: 4 Euros. Reductions 2,50 Euros per person.
Stage Presentation: Heinrich von Kleist, Prince of Homburg, after a pattern production of the Meininger Hoftheater from 1878, Scene "Battle of Fehrbellin".
Lecture, film and scene lighting program (duration: 50 mins).

Liebhabertheater Schloss Kochberg

Uhlstädt-Kirchhasel, OT Großkochberg, 07407, Germany
CET 14:00
An invitation to visit this unique historical private theatre of the 18th century.


Schloss Friedenstein, 99867 Gotha, Thuringen, Germany
CET 11:00, 13:00 and 14:00
Cost: 5 Euros. Reductions 2,50 Euros per person.
Learn about the exciting history of the theatre.
For information on European Historic Theatre Day events in Germany see
Facebook Deutschland-Route Historische Theater

Theatre of Villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati

Via Toscana, 19, 40141 Bologna BO, Italy
The Association "Culture and Art of the '700" of Villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati, will provide guided tours of the theatre to tourists on October 25 in the morning from 10  am to 12 pm and in the afternoon from 3 to 5 pm.

Download the 2018 Press Release:




European Historic Theatres Day