Constructed in 1732, Manoel Theatre situated in the capital city of Valletta, is Malta's oldest theatre and Europe's third-oldest working theatre. This is Malta's National Theatre. The venue, small in size, has a richly adorned, glorious Rococo interior. It hosts some of Malta's best orchestral concerts, operas, drama, musicals and more. Take a tour of the Teatru Manoel Museum or assist one of the many events organised during the year. The museum displays the original special effects items including a wind tunnel, a thunder widget and a rain box that used to produce the sound of rain.
Open in 2000, St James Cavalier houses a small in-the-round theatre, a chamber music room and art galleries of contemporary and avant-garde art. It is a popular venue for local performances including operas and controversial drama. It has staged several local and foreign artists, all coming from different backgrounds. The building is housed in a 16th century fort.
The Mediterranean Conference centre is set in a 16th century building and apart from its function as a conference and exhibition centre, it also offers several theatrical performances throughout the year. Past performances included The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Grand Concert, The President’s Concert for the New Year, The Malta Eurovision Song Contest and the Malta Arts Festival. The main theatre seats 1,400 people.
The Aurora Theatre in Gozo was inaugurated in 1976 and has from then onwards saw the performances of several operas. The first opera staged was the famous Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly in 1977. The theatre with a seating capacity of 1,600 has revived opera on the islands and stages performances by local and international artists every year.
The Astra Theatre in Gozo was inaugurated in 1968 and saw performances by several local and foreign talents. It staged its first opera in 1978 with the performance of Rigoletto. Famous Opera tenors have performed here including popular Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja.