The Teare Wielki or Grand Theatre is in my opinion the most beautiful building in Warsaw and believe me it has a lot of competition. We didn't have time to see a performance but I will next time. The theatres neoclassical facade is stunning with beautiful art work and five stallions which seem to gallop atop its roof. The Theatre plays host to the National Opera and guest Ballet Companies from Poland and abroad dance their way on the biggest stage in all Europe.
The Box Office is open Monday - Friday 9.00am - 7.00pm
Saturday - Sunday 10.00am - 7.00pm
National Opera looks like Warsaw’s one of the biggest buildings together with Palace of Culture and Science. Probably that’s because here is not only a home to opera, but also theatre.
The theatre was firstly constructed at first half of 19th century as classicism period building, but later bombed in 1939, so reconstructed only 1965 still keeping the façade in classical form.
Ah, what a great night it was! I'd never watched ballet before, so was so excited about going to the theatre :-)
The theatre itself is HUGE from the outside, and simply massive from the inside, looking like its been dragged straight out of the 19th century. The shows are also outstanding, from ballet, to opera, to... i don't know, whatever else you have at theatres :-p
We watched Swan Lake, and its a performance i shall never forget. The most amazing piece is the Pas de quatre, danced by four ballerinas, with the most intricate and precise footwork and movement. Wonderful!
Tickets cost from 40 - 95 PLN. Ours were 75 each, and afforded us a great view, from a box on the left hand side of the theatre.
National Theater (also known as the Grand Theater) was first built in 1828-1833 based on plans by Corazzi. It was then totally destroyed during World War II and rebuilt in a new manner in 1965.
It is a monumental building with a huge scene. It hosts National Opera. Presently it offers an outstanding repertoire of opera and ballet.
You can read about the Grand Theater in all the guidebooks. It's the national theater and opera house of Poland and worth visiting by itself.
The local urban legend you will not find in the guidebooks:
The statue in front of it is of Bogoslawski, the director and founder of the national theater. When it was first set there, the poor tailors living around came to see it and immediately raised their own contribution. As the vodka went down, one of them climbed on the statue and started to correct the outfit/suit of Bogoslawski with the white chalk tailors use to mark the cuts.
His friend, of course, was of a different opinion and after another round of vodka did the same, marking his own idea of what the suit of the director should look like.
Soon enough, all the statue looked like a white web.
It took the police several weeks to stop the argument and dispute among the drunken tailors of Warsaw....... and to save the statue.
The theatre is in itself a magnificent building as well as hosting major theatrical productions. It was one of the many buildings destroyed during World War II and was reopened in its present form in November 1965.
I went to see The Nutcracker held us captivated – both the scenery and the dancers. The stars of the show are certainly of a very high standard.
Within the theatre there is a museum. We went for a brief look around before and during the interval of the performance. It is a great display of theatre memorabilia, including some costumes. There are also some visiting exhibits as well as the permanent collections.
The Grand Theatre, designed by A Corrazi is a huge classicistic building. Here there are The National Opera and The National Theatre. Although the building was burnt down three times and completely destroyed during the war, now it is considered to be one of the most interesting buildings in Warsaw. The opera's scene is one of the biggest in Europe, the house has got over 1800 seats. Unfortunately beautiful interiors, crystal chandeliers, spatial foyer together with its columns and beautiful mosaic can be seen only during the play, so don`t hesitate, go to one of the great performances!
The Grand Theatre (Teatr Wielki), erected between 1825 and 1832 according to the design by Antonio Corazzi.
It is probably the biggest theatre in Europe, with a seating capacity of 1900 spectators; after the war the Neo-classic façade has been rebuilt as it was in origin while the remaining parts of the building are a design by Boden Pniewski.
The Grand Theatre (Opera House) - Teatr Wielki, Opera Narodowa
The Grand Theatre was built in Warsaw in 1825-1833. It was designed by the architect Antonio Corazzi
The theatre, destroyed by the Nazis in 1939-1945, was rebuilt from ruins thanks to the genorosity of the whole nation, with the help of the social fund for the reconstruction of Warsaw
The new form of the Grand Theatre building was designed by the architect Bogdan Pniewski
The Grand Theatre opened on 19 November 1965 to serve the national cause and art