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Best Theaters in Barcelona

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Tívoli Theater

Teatre Tívoli is a classical theater in Barcelona, founded in 1875. It has been refurbished over the years but still retains its original structure and charm. The theater has a beautiful, stately entrance and the largest auditorium in Barcelona. With 1643 seats, it retains all the glamor and charm of the past. All kinds of theatrical companies have performed on this stage, including the most avant-garde among them. The theater also puts on the latest musicals produced in Catalonia. It is located right in the center of Barcelona, giving you the opportunity to enjoy contemporary theater, musicals, and operas in an unbeatable location.

Barcelona, Spain
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Poliorama Theater

Teatre Poliorama is one of the oldest theaters in Barcelona, founded in 1899 and located within the Academy of Sciences and Arts. It has been under public and private management at different times and now offers a varied program, almost always putting on plays with a focus on comedies and musicals. It has hosted a large number of theatrical companies, bringing only the highest quality shows to eager audiences. The theater is situated on the Las Ramblas, one of the most charming and emblematic areas in all of Spain.

Barcelona, Spain
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Gran Teatre del Liceu

Featuring an air of striking regality that can be attributed to its historic dull rose facade, the Gran Teatre del Liceu is a longstanding symbol of Barcelona's prized culture. Perhaps the most important theater in Barcelona, the Gran Teatre del Liceu was built in 1847 as a venue for opera performances. The original building showcased a modern aesthetic designed by architects Miquel Garriga i Roca and Josep Oriol Mestres, and while the theater was rebuilt after a fire in 1994, a handful of cherished artifacts from the first structure remain. The main façade, the Hall of Mirrors, and staircase notably represent the historic Gran Teatre del Liceu as it was originally conceived. As important as ever, the new theater stays true to its roots by staging an exciting program of operas, concerts, and ballets performed by some of the most reputable companies in the world. It even houses a symphony orchestra and choir that perform throughout the year. With 2,292 seats, the Gran Teatre del Liceu is certainly grand, and it has one of the largest opera auditoriums in Europe.

Barcelona, Spain
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Café Teatre Llantiol

The charming Café Teatre Llantiol puts on all kinds of shows (though small-scale to match the café's limited capacity). Entertainment includes everything from poetry recitals, to satirical verse and comedy events, clowns, magicians, singers, dancers, Dixieland bands and solo performers. All in all, there is a wonderful variety of performing arts on display, which can even take you back in time. There are special surprises on Tuesdays and Thursdays from midnight on, and Llantiol late shows on Fridays and Saturdays. It is definitely a good place to stop in to relax after strolling around the Raval district or visiting art galleries.

Barcelona, Spain
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L'Auditori

The city's only theater specially designed to accommodate large symphony orchestras, L'Auditori is home to Barcelona and Catalonia's National Symphony Orchestra. It can easily accommodate over 3000 spectators and offers the best possible facilities for all kinds of musical performances and other social and cultural events. There are two smaller concert halls in the same complex and plans for a record library, a restaurant and a center for advanced music studies. The theater offers a program that includes jazz concerts, ethnic music, and flamenco in addition to the symphony orchestra's productions. Check website for full list of upcoming events.

Barcelona, Spain
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Teatre Nacional de Catalunya

Architect Ricard Boffil designed the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya , the largest theater in the region, it was completed in 1997. The aim was to create a permanent public theater with a resident company. Nowadays, you can come and see performances by prestigious foreign and national companies, productions by the resident company and collaborations between resident and visiting companies. In addition, you can attend regular play-reading sessions. The institution organizes competitions and awards grants to new and up-and-coming playwrights to assist their development. There are three auditoriums equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The film library is open to the public and there's a spacious restaurant too. It is attractively situated beside the L' Auditori.

Granollers, Spain
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Lliure Theater

Teatre Lliure belongs to the Union of European Theatres. It has its own resident theater company and a chamber orchestra, which plays jazz, classical chamber music and contemporary music. State-of-the-art technology allows the stage and the seating arrangements to be transformed from one performance to another. The program features theater, musical concerts and dance, specializing in experimental theater productions.

Barcelona, Spain
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