European Historic Theatres Day – 25 October 2018

Every year on and around 25 October, historic theatre buildings across Europe, as well as institutions and initiatives devoted to our theatre heritage, celebrate the European Historic Theatres Day.
120 historic theatres in Europe are already connected through the European Route of Historic Theatres network

Special events on the day include:


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


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 Wallham 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

Deutschland-Route Historische Theater

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