Show-Stopping Destinations to Celebrate World Theatre Day
As far as travel plans go, combining a city break with a trip to the theatre most definitely deserves a standing ovation. And seeing as 27 March is celebrated as World Theatre Day, we present some of the world’s most spectacular theatres and, of course, where to stay. Take your seat, be inspired and let the show commence!
Odeon of Herodes Atticus – Athens, Greece
Just like so many things, theatre was born in Greece. And it’s here that one of antiquity’s most impressive theatres still stands to this day: the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Nestled partway up the mighty Acropolis hill, it’s was originally completed in 161 AD, but is in amazing condition – and it’s the perfect place for a night of drama or even music.
Where to stay: Acropolis Athenaze Villa is set in the charming Plaka district, just a short walk from the Acropolis. You’ll find all the comforts of home inside this ancient structure.
Palais Garnier – Paris, France
The Palais Granier is a 1,979-seat opera house and is one of Paris’ most iconic and spectacular buildings. And if you think it’s beautiful on the exterior, just wait till you get inside. This masterpiece of the 9th arrondissement offers free visits, tour guides and a line-up of performances to die for.
Where to stay: If you want a pied-à-terre near this neo-baroque marvel, look no further than Edouard 7 Paris Opéra, a hotel that’s as spectacular as it is comfortable.
Gran Teatre del Liceu – Barcelona, Spain
The Liceu is one of the main characters on Barcelona’s famous stage: La Rambla. Since 1874, it’s been one of the city’s most important cultural and artistic hotspots. Aside from opera and ballet, it offers a rich and varied programme of concerts.
Where to stay: Palou Suites-Ramblas is a set of magnificent apartments just a few steps from the Liceu. They’re modern, well-equipped and perfect to rest after an evening at the theatre.
The Globe – London, UK
London is home to a wide array of theatres – and The Globe is arguably the jewel in the crown. This beauty is a reconstruction of the original 17th-century theatre, which premiered many of Shakespeare’s later works. The interior is amazing, and no theatre lover should go without an evening at this legendary shrine to Shakespeare.
Where to stay: The design hotel citizenM London Bankside is a wonderful option for South London, right on the banks of the River Thames. It’s modern and practical, and just down the road from the Globe itself.
La Scala – Milan, Italy
The world-famous La Scala has seen the premieres of operas like Verdi’s ‘Nabucco’ and Puccini’s ‘Madame Butterfly’. Built on the site of the old Santa Maria alla Scala Church, it also has a museum with a large collection of paintings, costumes and other opera-related memorabilia.
Where to stay: Hemeras Boutique House Piazza Duomo is just a short walk from La Scala, the incredible Duomo Cathedral and Milan’s famous fashion district. What’s not to like?
Radio City Music Hall – New York City, USA
This Art Deco building transports you to that glitzy, theatrical New York that we all have inside our imaginations. Everything is larger than life here, from the seats to the mirrors and the staircases. Book in a few hours to watch a show or go on a tour to get a sneak peek at the building’s backstage secrets.
Where to stay: The beautiful AKA Times Square is within walking distance to Radio City Music Hall, and offers modern, practical accommodation in an unbeatable location.
Sydney Opera House – Sydney, Australia
This unmissable building is the star of Sydney’s skyline. One of the twentieth century’s most famous buildings, Sydney Opera House hosts theatre, opera, musical and gigs. So whatever you’re in the mood for, let the show begin!
Where to stay: At Pier One Sydney Harbour, you’ll be guaranteed amazing views of the opera house. What’s more, its restaurant delights diners with modern dishes in an inimitable setting.
Colón Theatre – Buenos Aires, Argentina
With classical flair, monumental scale and unbeatable acoustics, this impressive building tops the list of Latin American theatres. The auditorium blends Italian neo-renaissance touches with French baroque opulence. Watching a performance here is a real treat.
Where to stay: Situated close to the Colón Theatre and the exclusive Avenida Santa Fe, CasaCalma Hotel is an eco-conscious hotel with elegant rooms and onsite services like massages, yoga classes and bamboo bikes. Bravo!
National Grand Theatre – Beijing, China
Made of glass and titanium, this futuristic structure opened in 2007 and is a must-see for anyone visiting Beijing. It’s surrounded by a lake, which makes it look like the theatre is floating on water. And the best part? It’s every bit as impressive on the inside.
Where to stay: It’s not just the National Grand Theatre that turns heads in Beijing. Offering amazing city views and modern accommodation, New World Beijing is equally deserving of a standing ovation.