The Manoel Theatre is one of the oldest working theatres in Europe. Constructed in 1731 by the Grand Master Antonio Manoel de Vilhena ?"for the honest entertainment of the Knights?" the theatre is a baroque gem with a wonderful acoustic and a full calendar of events populated by local and international performers, with productions in English and Maltese.
Beyond a purely theatrical visit, guided tours of the theatre and its museum are conducted daily. Lavish stage costumes are on display at the museum, along with antique sound-effects machines and archival programmes.
- The gilded boxes in the theatre’s galleries.
- The collection of stage costumes.
- The ’wind-machine’ at the museum.
- The earliest programmes from the theatre, some of them printed on silk.
The Café Teatro within the theatre’s roofed courtyard is a charming spot to relax and enjoy specialities from Sicilian cuisine.
115 Old Theatre Street, Valletta, Malta.
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- The Theatre is only a 10 minute walk away from Valletta?s main Bus Terminus.
- Guided tours of the Theatre and Museum:
- Mon - Fri: First tour at 09.30am then every 45 minutes. Last entry at 4.00pm.
- Sat: First tour at 09.30am then every 45 minutes. Last entry at 12.00pm.
- Every tour is approximately 30 mins.
- Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
- The evening programmes of the theatre can be checked on the theatre website www.teatrumanoel.com.mt.
- €5 per person.
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A Maltese music critic and an actor describe their experiences at the Manoel Theatre.