The theatre forms a very important part of our art and culture, be it over air Jatras in the remotest of villages to international theater festivals at the Shilpokala Academy. To celebrate the birth month of one of the most known playwrights in the world, William Shakespeare, we round-up some of the most spectacular theatres around the world.
Also known as the floating stage, this opera stage floats on Lake Constance in Austria. It is one of the venues for the Bregenzer Festspiele arts festival. The most exquisite feature of the Seebühne is that the lake is always incorporated into the set design of the operas and musicals it hosts.
Sydney Opera House
By far, the most famous opera house, and has become a signature location of Australia. Housing more than 1,500 productions, which theatre lovers and tourists from around the world flock to see, this unique structure comprises of several venues. It hosts productions from art companies around the world in addition to Australia’s famous four – Sydney Theater Company, Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet and Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
This was built in 1997 as a modern day reconstruction of the famous Globe theater. This well-known theatre in London is almost identical to the original but includes modern facilities, such as concrete theater pit, roof based sprinklers etc. It also hosts up to 857 guests.
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus
One of the oldest amphitheaters built in 161 AD, it was restored during the 1950s. It can host up to 5,000 guests and has been the main venue for the Athens Festival since its restoration. In addition to plays, it has also been the venue for concerts by notable musicians like Elton John.
Located in the picturesque village of Porthcurno in England, the open-air theater is often listed among the most spectacular theatres in the world. The specialty of this theatre is the seats and the stage are carved right into the stone to make it as close to nature as possible.