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Gran Teatre del Liceu

Gran Teatre del Liceu

The Gran Teatre del Liceu was built in 1847 and is a unique cultural facility in Barcelona and one of Europe's leading opera houses. Located on the Rambla, every year it hosts major opera and ballet productions and symphony concerts. The building was destroyed by fire in 1994 and reopened in 1999 after a magnificent reconstruction.

The Gran Teatre del Liceu was built on the Rambla by Barcelona's affluent classes on the site of a former convent. It was designed to house the Music Conservatory and with the main purpose of creating a venue where high society could go to see opera, the star cultural attraction of the time. The Liceu soon became a Barcelona landmark, to such an extent that its destruction by the fire in 1994 sent shockwaves through Catalan society. The reconstruction project provided the Liceu building with highly advanced technical facilities and stage equipment, and faithfully restored the original splendour of one of the most well-known opera houses.

The five-tier auditorium seats 2,292, making the Gran Teatre del Liceu on Barcelona's Rambla one of the world's biggest opera houses. The season of opera, dance and music runs from September to July. There are also guided tours of the main areas of the theatre, allowing visitors to enjoy every detail and the magnificence of its architecture. Highlights include the main auditorium, the foyer and hall of mirrors, as well as the Cercle del Liceu, a private club which is a superb example of Catalan art nouveau, or modernisme. It contains period furniture and original works by the painter Ramon Casas.

General details


Address: La Rambla, 51-59 (08002). Barcelona
Phone: 934 859 914
Web site: www.liceubarcelona.cat
E-mail: visites@liceubarcelona.cat
Opening time: A consultar.

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Accessibility details


Barcelona’s opera house, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, has a strong commitment with accessibility and inclusion, based on its Social Project .

The Liceu has no architectural barriers. There are all sorts of facilities for visually or hearing-impaired visitors to enable them to follow the performances.

Staff trained in assisting visitors with disabilities. If needed you will be accompanied by a member of the staff.

There are Easy-to-read texts (only available in Catalan and Spanish) with a plot synopsis for all staged operas. You can download them here.

The Liceu offers several options of guided tours. All of them are adapted for wheelchair users.
Guided and adapted tours can be booked in advance by phone 934 859 931 or mail to visites@liceubarcelona.cat

The Liceu participates in the social and educational program Apropa Cultura (Closer to Culture)

Visual impairment
The Gran Teatre del Liceu stands on the right-hand side of Barcelona’s famous Rambla as you head in the direction of the sea, just a few metres from Liceu metro station (line 3, the green line).

The Liceu offers audiodescription in Catalan at some performances, at least one performance for each staged opera of the season.

There is an orientation tactile plan of the building, in print and Braille. It is located ath the main entrance hall (access through La Rambla).

Lift button panels in Braille and relief lettering.
Guide dog Braille Audiodescription
Hearing impairment
A magnetic loop is installed in: the theatre, the box office, the cloakroom, and the foyer.

There is a large LED screen above the stage with supertitles in Catalan. Moreover, all the seats have a screen in the front where you can follow the performance with subtitles in English, Catalan and Spanish.
Induction loop
Motor impairment
Public transport is accessible to reach the Gran Teatre del Liceu: Metro station LICEU (L3, green line) has a lift; and also Buses numbers 59, V13 and 91 are fully adapted, having a stop just in front of the Liceu.

The Gran Teatre del Liceu has two entrances for people with reduced mobility:
- The main entrance on La Rambla: from this historical hall there is a stairlift platform up the flight of steps leading into the main auditorium and the stalls. From here, visitors can access the lifts to the different floors.
- Entrance on Carrer Sant Pau: this entrance is at street level and presents no difficulties. From here you can also access the lifts that lead to the different floors.

There are two places for wheelchair users at the back of the stalls, one at each end. If the need arises, two additional wheelchair spaces can be made at the end of row 16, very close to one of the exit doors.

There are fully adapted toilets on every floor of the theatre.
Cognitive impairment
Every season the Liceu offers some relaxed performance for people with learning difficulties or intellectual impairment.

There is Social narrative guide (only available in Catalan and Spanish) for people who are neurodiverse.

Check in this link the relaxed performances or download the social narrative (PDF or Word).

Last update: 18/11/2019

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