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16 partners from 12 countries have joined forces for the period 2012-2017 to make the still existing historic theatres in Europe better known to the public. The title of the project is "European Route of Historic Theatres", and it is supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union. It is the successor of a pilot project of the same name that was conducted from 2007 to 2009, also with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

The project 2012-2017 consists of the following activities:

  • We research until 2017 all still existing historic theatres in all of Europe and present them for the first time in a freely accessible, comprehensive online database 
  • We select the best preserved and most interesting theatre buildings of each period and connect them on a continuous cultural tourism route that leads across Europe; the European Route will consists of 12 part routes, each with 10 to 12 theatres; every six month a new part route will be inaugurated 
  • We promote the European Route throughout Europe with folders, press activities etc. 
  • We create a touring exhibition that presents the theatres in context, entitled "The history of Europe - told by its theatres"; it opened on 9 February 2015 and will tour along the European Route 
  • And while doing all this, we develop cooperation among the partners in the project and about 120 theatres in more than 30 countries, e.g. in periodical meetings and an annual conference


The partners in the project 2012-2017 are:

Iberia Route (ES, PT)


City of Almagro (ES)

French Route (FR)


National Opera Bordeaux (FR)

Channel Route / Visit Theatres (BE, GB, NL)



German Route (DE)


City of Hanau (DE)

Nordic Route (DK, FI, NO, SE)


Drottningholm Palace Theatre (SE)

Baltic Route (Poland – Russia)


Theatre Institute, Warschau (PL)

Black Sea Route (BG, GE, RO, UA)          


National Theatre, Iasi (RO)

Adriatic Route (Slovenia – Greece)


Royal Theatre Zetski Dom, Cetinje (ME)

Emperor Route (AT, CZ, HU, SK)


Arts and Theater Institute, Prague (CZ)

Alpine Route (CH, DE)



Italian Route (IT)


City of Sabbioneta (IT)


and for the touring exhibition:

Victoria & Albert Museum Theatre Collection, London (GB)

Theatre Museum in the Court Theatre, Copenhagen (DK)

Theatre Museum in the Teatr Wielki, Warsaw (PL)

German Theatre Museum, Munich (DE)

Theatre Museum, Vienna (AT)

Slovenian Theatre Institute, Ljubljana (SI) 

Coordinator: PERSPECTIV – Association of Historic Theatres in Europe

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union


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