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Manoel Theatre

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On appropriately titled ‘Old theatre Street’ the Manoel Theatre, built in 1731, is supposed to be Europe’s third oldest working theatre. Home to the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and thought of as the National Theatre, the Manoel works pretty hard still, with seasons of opera, dramatic readings, poetry, ballet, theatre, musical recitals and a pantomime held annually.

This theatre has real atmosphere, the opulently Rococo, oval shaped auditorium only seats 623 people, including the chairs in the three tires of boxes – which are decorated with real gold leaf – and most of the original architectural features have been retained, including a beautiful white marble sweeping staircase and two Viennese chandeliers. The atmosphere certainly doesn’t stifle the acoustics, which are supported by two large reservoirs under the floor.

If performances don’t pique your fancy and you’re more interested in the history and architecture you can take a tour and look over the museum of the theatre’s colourful past.

Teatru Manoel Official Site for Performance Information and Bookings.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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