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National Theatre of Bahrain

The National Theatre of Bahrain is a striking venue for cultural events of the highest calibre.

Sited on the waterfront in Manama, the state-of-the-art building pays homage to Bahrain’s historical maritime connections.
There are two auditoriums. The main 750-seat space is designed for drama, small symphony concerts, conferences, jazz and other amplified music events, while a smaller 150-seat theatre enhances the actor-audience relationship in more intimate performances.
World-class performers
The theatre, which opened in late 2012, has attracted world-class performers from the start – including Placido Domingo and the Bolshoi Ballet. January 2014 alone saw performances by the Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
A trip to Bahrain is incomplete without an evening at the National Theatre of Bahrain. As Gina Angelo, 20-year resident of Bahrain and mother of two, says: “Bahrain’s National Theatre is truly wonderful, from the setting and architecture to the interior design and lighting, and of course the amazing acoustics.
“We have managed to obtain front-row seats at every event including the last one for the Strauss Festival Orchestra, which was fabulous. The calibre of musicians is amazing and the setting is so intimate and friendly – something one doesn’t often experience abroad in large opera houses.”
Star quality at the National Theatre
The Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna gave a concert on 9 January. One of Europe’s leading ensembles, its concert of typical Viennese music featured sopranos Marcela Cerno and Daniel Serafin, and conductor Rudolf Streicher.
The Royal Philharmonic Concert has performed in major concert halls and concert venues around the world, from China and the Far East to North and South America. Its 16 January performance was based on a ‘Symphonic Rock’ programme, with legendary rock anthems, chart hits and classic songs, and a breath-taking line-up of classical and contemporary hits from Britain’s greatest rock and pop acts.