La Ciutat del Teatre
One of Barcelona's key venues for the performing arts, the Ciutat del Teatre on Montjuïc Hill brings together a series of theatre spaces which host all kinds of performances. A visit to the buildings and venues that comprise this city of theatre provides an insight into Barcelona's cultural vibrancy.
The Ciutat del Teatre is the cornerstone of Barcelona's performing arts' scene. This theatre complex hosts many of the city's leading productions. It is located on Montjuïc Hill, just a few minutes away from the Plaça d'Espanya, and is home to the Mercat de les Flors, the municipal theatre which schedules innovative performances in its different theatres spaces which mainly focus on dance. The complex also includes the Teatre Lliure, the permanent home of the theatre company which has become one of Spain and the world's best known performing-arts troupes. The theatres are housed in the former Palace of Agriculture which was built for the 1929 International Exhibition. The Teatre Grec, a beautiful open-air venue built in the style of a Greek amphitheatre on the site of a former quarry, hosts performances and concerts during the city's summer festival, the Festival Grec. The Institut del Teatre, the drama school for actors and directors, and BTM (Barcelona Teatre Musical), a venue staging musicals housed in the former sports palace, the Palau d'Esports, are the other facilities that are part of this recreational and cultural area.
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