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A gem within a gem... the whole city of Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to historic places like this. The Teatru Manoel is Europe's third-oldest working theatre and simply beautiful. It also has its own museum which is a great addition to any Valletta sight-seeing itinerary.
Teatru Manoel, built in 1732 by Grand Master Antonio Manoel de Vilhena, and designed to provide Honest Entertainment to the Public, has gone through a lot of changes in its history. Today the Teatru Manoel is considered both by locals and by foreigners as being a magnificent jewel, existing humbly in the very centre of Valletta. Its mannerist exterior belies the majesty that one finds inside. The theatre enjoys a long history as the main contributor to the local cultural development and as an exponent of high quality productions.
Teatru Manoel is an excellent venue for orchestral concerts, recitals, chamber concerts, straight drama and comedy, musicals, opera, children's programmes and musical festivals. They also offer the service for private events and special tours.
Sala Isouard which is a separate venue mostly used for chamber music, is usually set up as a concert hall with seating accommodating over 200 patrons. Its configuration can be changed according to client's wishes and may be adapted to accommodate any kind of event.
Tours of the Teatru Manoel are available throughout the year. These start at The Theatre Museum, which has a number of beautiful exhibits about the history and performances held at the theatre, before proceeding to the magnificent baroque auditorium. A multilingual audio-guide accompanies visitors throughout the tours which are available from 9.30am to 4.00pm daily.
The Teatru Manoel also makes available for hire a huge number of costumes from its Wardrobe, for use in parties and private plays, like school plays and other functions.
Mondays to Fridays from 09:30 to 12:30
Entrance is through the Theatre's main door in Old Theatre Street (Triq it-Teatru L-Antik), Valletta
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115 Triq it-Teatru L-Antik, Valletta CityView Larger Map
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- Mature Travellers
- Families With Teenagers
Best For What
- Cultural Experience