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PERSPECTIV – Association of Historic Theatres in Europe – is the coordinator of the European Route project. The non-profit association connects people across Europe who are responsible for historic theatres or who else have a professional or private interest in this topic. Together we support the preservation, restoration, and adequate use of as well as research into this very special common European heritage.


Co-organizers acting as Route managers

City of Almagro (Spain) – the city is a UNESCO World Heritage, including the oldest preserved theatre in Spain, the Corral de Comedias (1601); manager of the Iberia Route

City of Eu (France) – the municipality is the owner of the recently renovated palace theatre (1855); manager of the French Route

The Theatres Trust (The Great Britain) – the National Advisory Body for Theatres, focussing on development of theatre buildings; manager of Channel Route

City of Hanau (Germany) – the municipality administers the 18th century spa complex Wilhelmsbad that includes a “Comoedienhaus” (playhouse); manager of the German Route

Drottningholm Palace Theatre (Sweden) – the theatre from 1766 is a UNESCO World Heritage, being preserved entirely, even with the original stage machinery and stage decorations from the 18th century; manager of the Nordic Route

Theatre Institute of Zbigniew Raszawski in Warsaw (Poland) – the information, promotion and production centre of Polish theatre; manager of the Baltic Route

Hvar Heritage Museum (Croatia) – the museum on the island just off Split is in charge of one of the oldest European theatre spaces, the theatre in the Arsenal, dating back to 1612; manager of the Adriatic Route and the Black Sea Route

Arts and Theatre Institute, Prague (Czech Republic) – the Czech centre of information, research, documentation, consultancy, education, production and publishing in the field of theatre; manager of the Emperor Route;

City of Sabbioneta (Italy) – together with nearby Mantua, the city is a UNESCO Wold Heritage, including the second oldest theatre building in Europe, the Teatro all’Antica (1590); manager of the Italian Route


Co-organizers creating the exhibition

Austrian Theatre Museum (Austria)

German Theatre Museum (Germany)

National Theatre Museum (Slovenia)

Theatre Museum in the Court Theatre (Denmark)

Theatre Museum in the Teatr Wielki (Poland)

Victoria & Albert Museum Performing Arts Collection (Great Britain)

The aim of the project is to promote the still existing historic theatres in Europe by way of a new cultural tourism route, a free online database, and a travelling exhibition, also fostering cross-border cooperation among these theatres.

Historic theatres in 5 minutes

Litomyšl - Castle Theatre

Český Krumlov - Castle Theatre

Graz - Opera

Vienna - Theater an der Vien

Weitra - Castle Theatre

Grein - Municipal Theatre

Kačina - Castle Theatre

Mnichovo Hradiště - Castle Theatre

Graz - Drama Thatre