To travel or to travel a lot, that is the question – Booking.com Celebrates World Theatre Day with these show-stopping destinations
As far as travel plans go, combining a city break with a trip to the theatre most definitely deserves a standing ovation. And seeing as 27 March is celebrated as World Theatre Day, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, has delved into its more than 1.6 million accommodations in over 126,000 destinations worldwide to present some of the world’s most spectacular theatres and, of course, where to stay. Take your seat, be inspired and let the show commence!
Odeon of Herodes Atticus – Athens, Greece
Just like so many things, theatre was born in Greece. And it’s here that one of antiquity’s most impressive theatres still stands to this day: the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Nestled partway up the mighty Acropolis hill, it’s was originally completed in 161 AD, but is in amazing condition – and it’s the perfect place for a night of drama or even music.
Where to stay: Acropolis Athenaze Villa is set in the charming Plaka district, just 300 metres from the Acropolis. You’ll find all your home comforts inside this ancient structure.
Palais Garnier – Paris, France
The Palais Granier is a 1,979-seat opera house and is one of Paris’ most iconic and spectacular buildings. And if you think it’s beautiful on the exterior, just wait till you get inside. This masterpiece of the 9th arrondissement offers free visits, tour guides and a line-up of performances to die for.
Where to stay: If you want a pied-à-terre near this neo-baroque marvel, look no further than Edouard 7 Paris Opéra, a hotel that’s as spectacular as it is comfortable.
Gran Teatre del Liceu – Barcelona, Spain
The Liceu is one of the main characters on Barcelona’s famous stage: La Rambla. Since 1874, it’s been one of the city’s most important cultural and artistic hotspots. Aside from opera and ballet, it offers a rich and varied programme of concerts.
Where to stay: Palou Suites-Ramblas is a set of magnificent apartments just a few steps from the Liceu. They’re modern, well-equipped and perfect to rest after an evening at the theatre.
The Globe – London, UK
London is home to a wide array of theatres – and The Globe is arguably the jewel in the crown. This beauty is a reconstruction of the original 17th-century theatre, which premiered many of Shakespeare’s later works. The interior is amazing, and no theatre lover should go without an evening at this legendary shrine to Shakespeare.
Where to stay: The design hotel citizenM London Bankside is a wonderful option for South London, right on the banks of the River Thames. It’s modern and practical, and just down the road from the Globe itself.
La Scala – Milan, Italy
The world-famous La Scala has seen the premieres of operas like Verdi’s ‘Nabucco’ and Puccini’s ‘Madame Butterfly’. Built on the site of the old Santa Maria alla Scala Church, it has a museum with a large collection of paintings, costumes and other opera-related memorabilia.
Where to stay: Hemeras Boutique House Piazza Duomo is just a short 200 metres from La Scala, 100 metres from the incredible Duomo Cathedral and a short walk from Milan’s fashion district. What’s not to like?
Radio City Music Hall – New York City, USA
This Art Deco building transports you to that glitzy, theatrical New York that we all have inside our imaginations. Everything is larger than life here, from the seats to the mirrors and the staircases. Book in a few hours to watch a show or go on a tour to get a sneak peek at the building’s backstage secrets.