Théâtre Royal du Parc/Koninklijk Parktheater

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The Théâtre Royal du Parc/Koninklijk Parktheater, or Royal Park Theatre, was built in 1782 in classical French style, to the plans of architect Louis Montoyer, who was also involved in the construction of the Palace of Laeken/Laken. It was part of a complex called the ‘Vauxhall’, bringing together a café, ballrooms, concert halls and luxury shops under one roof, with brothers Alexandre and Herman Bultos drawing inspiration from similar buildings in Paris and London. The theatre’s auditorium was decorated in Louis XVI style, with caryatids, laurel garlands, medallions, foliage and floral patterns. In the early 19th century, it even hosted a merry-go-round and Swedish artists giving acrobatic displays – and then there were tightrope walkers, showpeople and actors from England. It took time for theatre to really take off in Brussels, and so the operators brought in conjurers, for example, to fill the often empty seats. By 1869, comedy was all the rage, with comic opera and operetta enjoying great success. However, a decade later, the theatre opened a new chapter with the arrival of actresses like Réjane and Sarah Bernhardt, making it the most literary, eclectic and popular venue in Brussels. Today, its extremely varied programme is still at the forefront of Brussels’ performing-arts scene, attracting fresh audiences including fans of comedies and dramas as well as plays from the classical repertoire. (Listed 03/09/1995)

Practical information

Sat. only, from 9:00 to 14:00

Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 3, Brussels

By reservation only

1 5 Arts-Loi/Parc - Kunst-Wet/Park
2 6 Arts-Loi - Kunst-Wet
92 93 Parc - Park
Accessible with assistance

Accessible with assistance