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“ Ivan Vazov” National Theatre -the most imposing theatre in Bulgaria

The “Ivan Vazov” National Theatre is Bulgaria's biggest theatre, as well as the oldest and most stand out theatre in the country and, additionally, one of the major landmarks of Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria. The exquisite theatre is located in the centre of the city and its imposing edifice faces the City Garden. National Theatre 'Ivan Vazov' is amongst major landmarks in Sofia due to its prime location and grandiose architecture.

Founded in 1904 by the artists from the ‘Salza i Smyah’ /in English: ‘Tear and Laughter’/ theatre, initially, it was called simply the National Theatre, but soon after it was named after the prominent Bulgarian writer Ivan Vazov.
The theatre's Neoclassical building, designed by famous Viennese theatre architects Hermann Helmer and Ferdinand Fellner, was finished in 1906 and opened in 1907. After a fire in 1923, which seriously damaged the imposing theatre, it was rebuilt and reconstructed between the years 1925 and 1928 from achitect A.Momov and engineer M. Sakelarov according to the plans of an architect from Dresden - Dulfer. Thus, the seats in the main hall are increased to 1200, the scene is more spacious and provided with modern equipment. Virtually the original appearence of the theater was preserved, however, changes were made in the volume, interior and facade.

A theatrical school was established as part of the National Theatre in 1925. Again the bombing of Sofia in World War II caused considerable damage to the building, but it was reconstructed in 1945.

The Ivan Vazov National Theatre has a well-equipped main stage with 750 seats, a smaller 120-seat stage and an additional 70-seat one on the fourth floor.
The theatre employs some of the country’s best actors and stage directors, many of whom are widely popular all over Europe.

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Bonita Leek - United States, 01.11.2012 08:42

Beautiful theatre. I would like to host Miss and Mister Deaf International pageant on July 30 and 31, 2013. Will you be able to respond and we go from there. Thanks, Bonita Leek email address is bonita@mmdi.tv

 

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