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TNC-Teatre Nacional de Catalunya

The TNC, Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, is located in Barcelona's Eixample. It was designed by the architect Ricard Bofill and comprises three theatres. It combine performances of Catalan and Spanish plays and world classics, with contemporary dance and drama, family theater and major international productions, offering proposals for all audiences.

The Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (TNC) opened in Barcelona in 1996. The main building covers a surface area of 20,000m2. It has a pitched roof underpinned by 26 columns that are 12 metres high. It 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 main building, you can visit the Sala Gran, Sala Petita and the spacious foyer with its glass walls which was designed as a covered public plaza. The TNC is completed with the annex building, of 5,600m2, where the Sala Tallers (Workshop Room) is located. On the two side aisles of this building you can find the theater's large scenery workshops.

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