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9 Of The Most Beautiful Theatres In The World You Should See Before You Die

Love Theatre? Love Travelling? Then make this list from WhatsOnStage your stagey bucket list.

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1. Minack Theatre, Cornwall, England

The Minack Archive.

The Minack in Porthcurno, Cornwall was the brainchild of Rowena Cade, who built the theatre at the end of her garden for a group of local amateur players. To this day, the venue is still used solely by amateur groups who perform a season of 17 plays.

2. The Seebühne, Lake Constance, Austria

The Seebühne, or floating stage, is on the shores of Lake Constance and has 7,000 seats. It is used as a location for large-scale opera or musical performances during the Bregenz Festival. The venue features in the 2008 James Bond film Quantum of Solace.

4. Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens, Greece

Paul Williams

Completed in 174AD The Odeon of Herodes Atticus - known as the "Herodeon" - is situated on the southern slopes of the Acropolis. Over the 52 years of the Athens Festival, the Herodeon has hosted music, dance and theatre acts.

5. Shakespeare's Globe, London, England


Founded by the actor and director Sam Wanamaker (Father of Zoe Wanamaker), Shakespeare's Globe is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse that was originally built in 1599, destroyed by fire in 1613, rebuilt in 1614, and then demolished in 1644. The modern reconstruction opened to the public in 1997, with a production of Henry V.

6. Tampa Theatre, Florida, USA


Designed by architect John Eberson, the Tampa Theatre opened in 1926. The interior resembles a Mediterranean courtyard and ceiling is embedded with 99 lamps to resemble twinkling stars.

7. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, and formally opened in 1973. Considered one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the venue comprises multiple performance venues which together host over 1,500 performances each year attended by some 1.2 million people, making it also one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world.

8. Royal Albert Hall, London, England

Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall was built to fulfil the vision of Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's consort) of a 'Central Hall' that would be used to promote understanding and appreciation of the Arts and Sciences. The Hall is a Grade I Listed building; and has been in continuous use since it was opened in March 1871.

9. Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico


The Palacio de Bellas Artes is considered the most important cultural center Mexico. Completed in 1934, the building hosts exhibitions and theatrical performances.