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Pjazza Teatru Rjal

Pjazza Teatru Rjal

The theatre, also known as the Royal Theatre, was designed by the English architect Edward Middleton Barry in 1866, to be one of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in Valletta. It suffered from extensive internal damages due to intense fire in 1873. After 4 years and a half from the interior re-building of the theatre, it reopened with a performance of Verdi’s Aida. In World War II, the theatre was hit from aerial bombings, and was never rebuilt. After several abandoned plans for restoration, Italian architect Renzo Piano redesigned the theatre for a functioning performance venue, called Pjazza Teatru Rjal. The building, 206 feet by 112 feet, had a capacity of 1,095 and 200 standing. It’s official opening was on 9th October 1866. In 2006, the ruins of the Royal Opera House were proposed to be redeveloped into a new House of Parliament. It was not well received, and therefore, plans changed to have the opera house redesigned into an open air cultural venue.