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Havana National Theatre

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Havana has two theatrical pillars, the Teatro Nacional De Cuba and the Gran Teatro, generally speaking it's the National for new works and the Grand for the old. The National Theatre was built in the 50s as a home for the National Ballet of Cuba and La Colmenita, a children's theatre troupe, but the theatre also hosts international companies.

Within the theatre there's another division between old and new work, older, larger and more established pieces, or pieces by more established companies or authors are mounted in the main hall, the Sala Avellaneda, while smaller, or more daring works, if they do say so themselves, are put on in the Sala Covarrubias. All together the Teatro Nacional can hold about 3300 people.

If you're looking for the ticket office it's in a building beside the main building. And if you do see a show it's worth showing up early to hang in the Cafe Cantante or recline gracefully in the piano bar.

Written by  Emilie Stokes.

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“Lord Hurd: Our man in Havana”

By Lord Hurd for The Telegraph. First published 28th November 2008. ...In Havana, we enjoyed a concert of classical jazz directed by the famous pianist Cucho Valdés. We visited Trinidad on the south coast, even more beautiful and dilapidated than Havan… Read more...

Written by press. See the full article in The Telegraph, 28th November 2008

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I am the creator of Fame-The original Movie (1980) and Fame-The Musical. I have just returned from Shanghai where Fame opened at The New Shanghai City Theater and is touring China.

My dream is to have this production come to Cuba.

David De Silva

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