10 Theatres in 10 Countries

Exclusive overview of 10 Stunning Theatres from 10 Different Countries

While travelling around the world, most people want to see some stunning views, right?

Don’t forget that theatres are often beautifully designed and built, making for some amazing views and sights you won’t forget. As well as getting a good Insta pic, visiting theatres around the world is part of that country’s culture and can enrich your travels so much.

Here are 10 of the most beautiful theatres in 10 different countries that you should feast your eyes on, listed by Sophie, who runs a theatre blog in Cardiff.

1. Sydney Opera House – Sydney, Australia

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The Sydney Opera House is one of the most recognisable buildings in the twentieth Century. Opening in 1973, it has been home to many of the world’s greatest artists and performances. It has welcomed more than 8.2 million visitors per year and presents more than 2000 shows for an audience of 1.5 million in a year and with no explanation needed, is a stunning location.

2. The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre – Toronto, Canada

Owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust, The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre is over a century old and is simply beautiful. This Toronto-based theatre is the world’s last operating double-decker theatre and is home to a variety of events and occasions: award shows, concerts, theatre productions, dance, fashion shows and so much more.

3. Odeon of Herodes Atticus – Athens, Greece

This Roman landmark was built between the years 160 and 174 AD by Herodes Atticus and is located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis in Athens. The theatre was used for the Athens Festival for the first time in 1955 and since then the Odeon has hosted almost all the leading artists and Greek and International Post-War music, dance and theatre. It’s idyllic and such a historical and cultural venue to visit on your travels.

4. Palau de la Música Catalana – Barcelona, Spain

Built between 1905 and 1908, the Palau de Música Catalana is a concert hall in Barcelona. The concert hall was declared a World Heritage Site back in 1997 and it’s not hard to see why. The venue is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Barcelona and hosts a variety of musical treats, ranging from operas to concerts, orchestras and classical music groups.

5. The Seebühne, Lake Constance – Austria

The Bregenz Festival is one that takes place every year, described as a visual spectacle, where a magnificent floating stage appears on Lake Constance. The Bergenz Festival began in 1946 and has grown with every year. Today, every July and August, the festival has a lively and varied programme that features a diverse range in orchestras, choirs and operas. A theatre like this is beyond unique so don’t pass up the opportunity to see this spectacle if you’re in Austria!

6. Tampa Theatre – Florida, United States of America

This non-proft theatre is where visitors can come to enjoy world-class entertainment under a realistic night sky in a Mediterranean-style courtyard. Featuring old-world statues, flowers and gargoyles, the Tampa theatre was built in 1926 and is now one of American’s most elaborate movie palaces. In 1973, the Tampa Theatre was facing closure but committees and community leaders were able to rescue the theatre, making it a beloved community landmark, and one that should be on your list of places to see if you are in the area!

7. The Minack theatre – Cornwall, United Kingdom

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While it may be obvious to name a theatre in London’s West End to represent the United Kingdom – such as the classic Royal Albert Hall or Shakespeare’s Globe – this gorgeous theatre on the coast of England takes top spot for me. With more than 170,000 visitors per year, The Minack Theatre is one of the world’s most famous outdoor theatres. Its first performance was The Tempest in 1932 and the theatre continues to put on productions today with a combination of concerts, plays, musicals and more!

8. Heissiches Staatstheatr Wiesbaden – Wiesbaden, Germany

The Hessiches Staatstheatr Wiesbaden produces plays, operas, ballets, musicals and concerts on four different stages. The theatre is also the host for the annual festival “Internationel Maifestspiele Wiesbaden” which was established in 1896. This grand theatre is worth a visit if you’re in the area, and is breath-taking to see in real life.

9. Estates Theater – Prague, Czech Republic

Whether you take a guided tour following in Mozart’s footsteps or simply view this theatre on your own, it’s a must-see when in Prague. The Estates Theatre has been part of the National Theatre since 1920 and is one of the most beautiful historical theatre buildings in Europe, operating continuously since 1783. You can catch an opera, drama or ballet performance here, or just pop by for the gorgeous views!

10. Palais Garnier – Paris, France

A theatre as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside, the Palais Garnier was originally called the Académie royale de Danse (Royal Academy of Dance),when it was founded in 1661 by Louis XIV. It has since changed its name eleven times and in 1828 was finally named the Palais Garnier. The theatre is located in the heart of Paris so perfect for any trip to the city of Love. And here you can catch operas and ballets, or just admire the building’s beauty.


So, there you have a list of some of the most beautiful theatres across the globe! This list is not extensive, and it was hard to narrow it down to just ten from around the world. Have you been to any on this list? What are your favourite theatres nationally?

Thank you to the lovely Sophie for Guest Blogging today at lifeofemmax.co.uk 


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  1. February 1, 2019 / 9:01 pm

    These are absolutely stunning, I’ve never seen such beautiful theatres in my life! My favourites are Australia, Canada, Florida and that one in Cornwall! I didn’t know about the Cornwall one but I’m making it my mission to visit next time I go there!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

  2. February 1, 2019 / 11:26 pm

    This is so interesting! I love how different they all are but so beautiful in their own way. I think Wiesbaden and Tampa are my favourites, so pretty! x


  3. February 2, 2019 / 1:57 am

    My goodness these are stunning! Always loved the Sudney opera house but that Seebühne one in Austria looks flipping amazing too!

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  4. February 3, 2019 / 6:23 pm

    Wow, these are absolutely beautiful! I hadn’t heard of many of these so thanks for sharing Emma! The Minack theatre overlooking the sea in Cornwall is such a perfect location, I’d love to go there! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  5. February 3, 2019 / 6:50 pm

    Ohh my how beautiful are these all! I love each and everyone, they are special in their own way. I never realised there was a theatre like that in Cornwall! Pretty much on my doorstep, have to go and explore. Thank-you for sharing!

    Gemma | https://anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com/

  6. February 3, 2019 / 8:24 pm

    All these pictures are incredible! I feel like theatres don’t get as much attention as they deserve sometimes! I think the only one I’ve seen in real life is the Sydney Opera House. I’d love to visit some of the others one day!

  7. Sarah
    February 3, 2019 / 10:31 pm

    Omg they all look so beautiful! Especially the ones in Germany, Prague and Barcelona😍🙌🏼💫

  8. February 3, 2019 / 10:55 pm

    I didn’t even know about the Tampa Theatre and my aunt lives there. I’ll have to ask if she’s ever been.

  9. Opposite Tourists
    February 18, 2019 / 4:07 pm

    These theatres are so stunning! It’s shameful to admit but the only one I known before reading this post was the Sydney Opera House. The Toronto theatre looks super dreamy. It’s like an enchanted forest 😀

    Rio | https://oppositetourists.com

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