Le Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg Celebrates 50 Years on Stage
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Grand Théâtre on January 15, no production could be better suited than the masterpiece of musical theatre that West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein. The Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, was inaugurated in 1964 as the Théâtre Municipal de la Ville de Luxembourg and was officially opened on April 15 for the millennium celebrations of the Luxembourg city in 1963. The Grand Théâtre is located on the north-eastern corner of the Rond-Point Schumann. The building is a creation of French architect Alain Bourbonnais, it consists of two auditoriums: the main theatre with 943 seats and the studio which has up to 400 seats but can be compartmentalized.
Able to accommodate high calibre productions in opera, theatre and dance, the Grand Théâtre is one of the most sophisticated venues in Europe. During these fifty years there were a lot of collaboration with many famous actors, dancers , singers and musicians. There have been co-productions with La Monnaie, Brussels and the Théâtre National de l’Opéra Comique, Paris. The theatre has twice been the host venue for the Eurovision Song Contest, in 1973 and again in 1984. In general, the theatre held about 200 performances every year. The program is rich not only by its variety of genres (opera, theatre and dance performances), but also by its linguistic diversity — there are four languages of performances: Luxembourgish, French, German and English.
Festive evening gathered many noble guests and theatre lovers, the grand ducal couple the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess also attended the reception. H.E. Dr. Mark Entin, Ambassador of Russia, was present at the anniversary concert, accompanied by his daughter Maria.