The European Route of Historic Theatres is an international project to be accomplished between 2012–2017 with the participation of 16 cultural institutions from 12 European countries. The main co-ordinator of the project is PERSPECTIV - Association of Historic Theatres in Europe, and the co-operating institutions are:
- Ajuntamiento de Almagro
- Comune di Sabbioneta
- Deutsches Theatermuseum
- Institut uměni – Divadelní ústav
- Instytut Teatralny im. Zbigniewa Raszewskiego
- Kunsthistorisches Museum... Österreichisches Theatermuseum
- Muzej Hvarske Baštine
- Slovenski Gledaliski Muzej
- Stadt Hanau
- Stiftelsen Drottningholms Slottsteater
- Teatermuseet i Hofteatret
- Teatr Wielki – Opera Narodowa/ Muzeum Teatralne
- The Theatre Trust
- Victoria and Albert Museum Theatre & Performance Collection
The aim of the project is to mark eleven routes for visiting historic theatres in Europe. Every route will be made up of 9 to 12 buildings, built at least one hundred years ago, uniform in style inside and outside and still operating as theatres. The following routes will be opened under the project:
Preparations are underway for a touring exhibition – The history of Europe – told by its theatres – and an internet database of historic theatre buildings is also being worked on. It will be set up with the use of resources collected while the project Theatre Architecture in Central Europe was being accomplished.
PURPOSE OF THE PROJECTThe aim of the initiative is to propose an alternative way to visit Europe. In addition to being perfect examples of architecture from various epochs, in many cases the theatre buildings on the European Route of Historic Theatres have witnessed important historical events.
The Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute is responsible for preparing the Baltic Route, including historic theatre buildings in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
The international website of the project is www.europeanroute.info
The project The European Route of Historic Theatres is being accomplished with the financial support of the European Commission.