Wishlisted by Pam Santos
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Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX, UK
4 years ago
The National Theatre is a late 20 th century concrete monstrosity on the South bank of the Thames. But inside it is home to three excellent stages: the Olivier, the Lyttleton and the Dorfman. Of these I prefer the large Olivier and the little Dorfman but sight lines are good in all and that is not true of older London theatres. Also the prices are far lower than the West End. Look out for Travelex £15 seats. Recently saw Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okenedu in excellent Antony and Cleo.
3 years ago
The earliest form of theatre traces back to ancient Greece where dramatic presentations were a form of entertainment during festivals, religious rituals, weddings, even funerals. During the 5th century, these presentations were later made into a competition as part of their devotion to Dionysus, Greek god of wine and fertility. Up to this day, many Greek playwrights remain immortal through their works such as Aeschylus, Plato, Sophocles, and Euripides. Notable greek plays include Oedipus Rex, The Oresteian Trilogy, Medea, Antigone, and Hippolytus. The Epidaurus Theatre is considered to be one of the best ancient Greek theatres due it's advanced design in aesthetics and acoustics-- spectators in the very back row could clearly hear the performers from down front. Being well preserved, the ancient theatre is still use up to this day to stage ancient plays as part of the annual summer Epidaurus Festival.
4 years ago
When one hears of a famous popstar or celebrity coming to Canada, it will most likely be held at the ever so prominent Massey Hall. Names range from artists that many have grown to love like Alanis Morisette, Kelly Clarkson, and even the late Anthony Bourdain. Some indie artists have also played here such as Death Cab for Cutie and Sufjan Stevens. Widely recognized as a venue for different forms of art, the hall was established by Hart Massey and his family in 1933. What made it a premier location for important events is its incredible acoustics, providing the warmest sound elevated all throughout the room.
4 years ago
The Finnish National Theatre is the oldest Finnish-language theatre in the country that is still in operation. It was designed by Onni Tarjanne, a Finnish architect and professor of construction, in 1902, and is located behind a statue of Finland’s most prominent writer, Aleksis Kivi. It is a grey brick building with a contrasting red roof, and towers that shoot towards the sky. Arches frame its tall windows, bringing to mind classic Art Nouveau portraits. Talk about stunning! It is also Finland's first public building, where the features of repetitive styles have receded to give way the Art Nouveau style.
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