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TNC-Teatre Nacional de Catalunya

TNC-Teatre Nacional de Catalunya

The TNC, Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, is located in Barcelona's Eixample. It is housed in an imposing building in the shape of a Greek temple designed by Ricard Bofill. It comprises three theatres, seating 900, 400 and 300 people respectively, which combine performances of Catalan and Spanish plays and world classics, with contemporary dance and drama.

The Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (TNC) opened in Barcelona in 1996. The building was designed by Ricard Bofill and covers a surface area of 20,000m2. It has a pitched roof underpinned by 26 columns that are 12 metres high. The building complex is strongly reminiscent of the imposing splendour of a Greek temple, an impression accentuated by the white steps leading up to the main entrance in front of a grassy area planted with palm trees and olive bushes. This outdoor space, known as the Plaça de les Arts, is sometimes used as an open-air performance space.

Once inside the building, you can visit the spacious, air-conditioned foyer with its glass walls and interior plants which was designed as a covered public plaza. Escalators and a glass lift go up to the restaurant, which covers a floor space of 1,000m2 and is located right over the stalls in the main auditorium, the Sala Gran. This auditorium seats 900 people and is laid out in the style of a classical amphitheatre, ensuring maximum visibility from all seats. The TNC has two other performance spaces, the little theatre, or Sala Petita (300 seats), a versatile space that can be arranged in a variety of ways bringing the audience and actors into close contact, and the theatre workshop, the Sala Tallers (400 seats), in the adjacent building, which stages more experimental productions and works by new writers.

General details

Address: Plaça de les Arts, 1 (08013). Barcelona
Phone: 933 065 700
Web site:
Opening time: A consultar.

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Accessibility details

The Teatre Nacional de Catalunya offers facilities to accommodate wheelchair users and partially sighted audience members.

The most accessible means of transport is line T4 of the city’s tram network and the nearest stop is Auditori-Teatre Nacional. There are reserved parking spaces on Carrer Padilla for wheelchair users.

The TNC provides a taxi service after evening performances from Wednesday to Saturday. Taxis can be ordered from the information desk in the TNC foyer. There is a guided tour service in the building for small groups. Pre-booking is essential. Tel: 933 065 747; e-mail:
Visual impairment
Some performances at the TNC are audio-described for blind and partially sighted audience members. See the theatre listings for details.

Members of staff are on hand before and after each performance to help disabled people to and from their seats.
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The main entrance is at the end of a staircase. There is an alternative accessible entrance to the theatre via ramps, located at one side of the main staircase. There are lifts inside the theatre.

All the venues inside the TNC have designated wheelchair areas. We recommend you contact the TNC on 933 065 720 to ensure wheelchair users receive the necessary assistance.

The theatre and restaurant (which is reached by the side entrance) have adapted toilets.

Last update: 30/09/2019

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