Sofia’s First “Night of Theatre”
On 14 September 2013, Sofia will host its first “Night of Theatre”, which includes various events from theatre performances at preferential prices, including opportunities for backstage visits, to open-air stages for meeting popular actors for autographs!
The First Night of Theatre brings Bulgaria alongside other European theatre communities in Croatia, Germany, Spain, Austria and Slovakia, among others, who have staged similar events over the past five years.
One of the many venues that will welcome theatre lovers for this event is the iconic Ivan Vazov National Theatre, the oldest theatre in Bulgaria. This Baroque building was designed by Viennese architects, Hermann Helmer and Ferdinand Fellner, and completed in 1906. Initially it was simply known as the National Theatre, and later it took on the name of the famous Bulgarian writer, Ivan Vazov. It is in proximity to the former Palace to the Bulgarian royal family, which has now been transformed into the National Art Gallery, where you can enjoy many wonderful masterpieces of fine art.
Having survived a devastating fire in 1923 as well as bombing during WWII, the Ivan Vazov National Theatre has staged some of the finest theatre performances in the country. It features a main stage with 750 seats, a smaller 120-seat stage and an additional 70-seat stage on the fourth floor.
Before or after your visit to the theatre, you can relax by the refreshing fountain and enjoy watching people of all ages playing chess in the open air, or indulge in a coffee at any of the cosy cafes around the City Garden, which is the oldest park in Sofia.
“All the world’s a stage”! Welcome to Sofia’s first Night of Theatre!