City of Theater

Ciutat de Teatre

On the site of an open pit during the preparations for the World's Fair of 1929 a Neo-Gothic Greek Theater (Teatre Grec) was built to fit perfectly into the natural landscape of Montjuic. Today the theater is surrounded by gardens (Jardins del teatre Grec). During the 1970s the stage received a second birth when the annual Greek arts festival started to be held here, being the major cultural event of the summer season.

In 1983 it was decided to convert a nearby World's Fair agricultural pavilion (it was then occupied by a marketplace) into another theater. The theater that preserved its name Mercat de les Flors ('Flower Market') undertook the staging of massive and experimental performances, as well as modern dance ones. The building, which has four halls, is crowned by a dome painted by a Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo. Such well-known directors as Peter Brook, Luca Ronconi and Peter Stein staged here their artworks.

Another pavilion is occupied by the Teatre Lliure ('Free Theater') originated from a company of professional actors who started working together in the district of Gracia in 1976. Moved to Montjuic in 1990 the Teatre Lliure is one of the founding members of the Union of the European theaters. All of the three venues hold regular shows, concerts and Greek Festival performances. The City of Theaters itself is now surrounded by new buildings like the Institute of Theater (Institute del teatre) and Barcelona Music Theater located in the sports pavilion, which is in turn very close to the Art Museum of Catalonia.

Address: Carrer de Lleida, 59
How to reach: metro Espanya, from metro Poble Sec by bus 121, by funicular from metro Paral•lel to Parc de Montjuïc
Coordinates: 41.369619, 2.159627