Theatre performances in Bulgaria
A visit to a theatre performance can be a wonderful way to spend a free evening of your stay in Bulgaria. Most theatres of Sofia stage performances from the beginning of October to the end of June. Outside the theatre season the choice of performances is more limited. The theatre plays vary strongly in style, genre and theme so that everyone can choose a performance that best matches their taste. Along with classical performances you can see their contemporary interpretations, modern Bulgarian drama, comedy and mono performances. Although most of the theatre performances are in Bulgarian, the sophisticated play of Bulgarian actors and the amazing stage effects are enough to make your visit to the theatre a pleasant and exciting experience. The price of theatre tickets in Bulgaria is about 10 BGN.
Theatres in Sofia
Most of the theatres in Sofia are concentrated in the city centre, close to the business hotels, the historical monuments and the main administrative buildings. The “Ivan Vazov” National theatre, situated in a beautiful garden behind the five-star Grand Hotel Sofia, is one of the emblems of the city. Its impressive neo-classic architecture is in perfect harmony with its surroundings. The façade of the theatre is decorated with six columns supporting a triangular pediment with a remarkable relief depicting Apollo and the Muses. Plays by renowned classic and Bulgarian writers are staged at the National Theatre.
In the National Academy of Theatre and Film Art (NATFA) you can see remarkably good performances by students from the Drama department, focused mainly on the problems of contemporary society.
The Central Puppet Theatre in Sofia stages performances suitable not only for children audience but for everyone who enjoys puppet plays.
On the website programata.bg , which is a free guide for cultural events in Sofia, you can find the programme of all theatres in the city, the most popular being the Theatre of Satire and Humour, the “Salza and Smyah” (Tears and Laughter) Theatre, the “Sofia” Theatre, the “Bulgarian Army” Theatre.
Theatre performances in Plovdiv, Varna and Bourgas
Each city in Bulgaria has established stage traditions and offers to the audience an extensive play repertory each season. The performances at the Muppet-show Theatre and at the Drama Theatre in Plovdiv are an exciting way to spend your free time in Plovdiv. Visitors to Varna and Bourgas can attend performances at the theatres of drama and the puppet theatres in these cities. You will find theatres in almost every town in Bulgaria, the most visited of them being in Rousse, Stara Zagora, Gabrovo, Sliven, Pleven, Blagoevgrad and Veliko Tarnovo .