Bahrain National Theatre

December 12, 2016

WORDS BY WILLIAM CAAN

Do you remember that feeling when you first went to the theatre? Do you remember how different it was to going to the cinema? Waiting in line getting your tickets checked looking and observing the mature well behaved crowd who seemed were also just as excited as you. The way they were smiling, it could have been their first time too. Then when you finally got to sit down a warm feeling came across when you looked on in amazement at the stage and the way it was presented, like something out of a fairy tale, only you were the subject this time.

Then the magical curtains open and the excitement goes up a notch. Watching real people perform live, is just something else. I was amazed at how good the actors were and how they delivered their lines with the appropriate emotions. Being able to see the people and the costumes in front of you makes it real. You know deep inside that these performers are doing this all for you (and maybe a few other worthy people in the audience too).

Well, hold your horses (or camels for that matter), as the magic is happening near you and with royal approval I might add. A whopping estimated $50 million was spent to bring you a theatre that is fit for a King. Opened during December 2012 the National Theatre of Bahrain is an impressive piece of architecture. The auditorium holds 1001 seats for the audience and there is a smaller 300 seat flexible studio theatre.

Architect Roue•da Ayache who worked closely on the project said that the design of the National Theatre of Bahrain was inspired from the horizontal seascape of the Kingdom.  The water brings a natural beauty and calmness to the experience of visiting, a great way to build up the experience of watching an amazing show that will hopefully follow. At night time the building looks stunning, a show in itself.  Don’t miss experiencing the view.

The National Theatre is a very modern, very cool cube. In the opening month it hosted the Bolshoi Ballet for its second performance. I am of course kicking myself for not having had any tickets.  So, if any of you visiting have a spare ticket I’ll make some time to share the magic with you.

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