Situated in Plaça de les Arts, 1, the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (National Theatre of Catalonia) opened on September 11, 1997. It opened with the play the Senyor Auca L’Esteve, written by Santiago Rusiñol, and considered a classic of Catalan Literature and theatre.
Ricardo Bofill designed the building that houses the National Theatre of Catalonia. The theatre is a complex structure consisting of two main wings. The main building is shaped like a Greek temple and houses the main hall of the theatre, with 900 seats, and another smaller one with seats for 400 spectators, as well as an additional area for other events. It comprises an area of 20,000 square meters supported by 26 columns. The second building has an area of 5,000 square meters. This area blendstradition and modernity. In this building we will find the area where the workshops take place, the Sala Tallers (Workshops Hall) with space for 300 people.
Every year the National Theatre of Catalunya welcomes new and interesting productions as well as more classical one. Prices range between 8 Euros and 33 euros, depending on the area inside the theatre, day of the week and taking into account concessions.
This next September, 29/09 – 27/11, theatre goers will have the chance to enjoy a play by Josep M. Benet i Jornet, Una vella, coneguda olor, written in 1962. The piece takes us back to the times of proletarian Barcelona, a city of interior courtyards, changes and concerns. The character of Maria is the protagonist of the play, a young girl lost in an intimate yet universal conflict.
The National Theatre of Barcelona is very easy to get to from the Caledonian Hotel.