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Manoel Theatre, Valletta

Manoel Theatre, Valletta (must see)

The Manoel Theatre is reputed to be Europe's third-oldest working theatre and the oldest working theatre in the Commonwealth of Nations. Now Malta's National Theatre and home to the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the theatre is a small, 623 seat venue, with an oval-shaped auditorium, three tiers of boxes constructed entirely of wood, decorated with gold leaf, and a pale blue trompe-l'oeil ceiling that resembles a round cupola.

Hidden behind an austere facade that is fully in keeping with Valletta's Mannerist architecture, is a richly adorned, glorious Rococo interior. Despite numerous alterations over the years, it retains many of its old architectural features, such as the white Carrara marble staircase, shell-shaped niches, and Viennese chandeliers. Two water reservoirs beneath the floor create an acoustic environment that is so precise, that the hushed page-turnings of an orchestra conductor can be heard clearly throughout the auditorium.

Why You Should Visit:
Once you are in this theatre, it seems you flew back in time. There is also the theatre museum just next door which is worth a visit.

Tip:
You can get a good view from almost every position – just avoid the gallery seats as these are not very comfortable and are often behind some column. The boxes, however, are very good.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Manoel Theatre on Map

Sight Name: Manoel Theatre
Sight Location: Valletta, Malta
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Valletta, Malta

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