The most famous Lisbon theaters
Lisbon has a long theater tradition. Many great actors and actresses have stepped on the city's stages through the years. Choose the best one for you.
This neoclassical theatre is located in Rossio, in Praça D. Pedro IV. It was founded in 1846, on the regent queen's 27th birthday, hence the name Dona Maria II. A terrible fire destroyed the inside of the theater in 1964, which was rebuilt and reopened in 1978. Many of the plays are subtitled in English, being accessible to everyone
Teatro de São Carlos is Lisbon's Opera House, after the original was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake. On the inside, its acoustic is flawless, much like the decoration, in a rococo style. On the inside, it bears resemblance to San Carlo Theater in Naples, while on the outside it reminds os of La Scala in Milan. It's located in Chiado.
Teatro São Luíz heater opened in 1894, under the name of Teatro Dona Amelia. Nowadays, Teatro São Luís is one of the most important Lisbon art venues. In 1998 it was renovated and expanded and in 1990 it was granted by the city of Lisbon to the Chiado Theatre Company and Mario Viegas, who has been developing various cultural activities ever since.
Teatro do Bairro is located in the Bairro Alto as the name implies and it occupies an old printing factory that has been abandoned for more than twenty years. In 2011 it opened as a theater and cultural center, with a small auditorium for a hundred spectators. Besides the theater, its programs include cinema and live music with fado performances, jazz and African sounds. It also frequently hosts stand-up comedy shows.
It can be called Broadway of Lisbon because this theater is known for its musicals. Teatro Politeama is located in Baixa Pombalina, in Rua das Portas de Santo Antão and it was built in 1913. The director is the famous Filipe La Feria, who is responsible for the Politeama's shows which are often sold out.