Built on an area of about 12,000 square metres overlooking the sea, the Bahrain National Theatre is a glass-paned architectural vision.
Considered one of the largest theatres in the Arab world, its design drew inspiration from the popular Arabian tale of 1001 Nights, with exactly 1001 seating capacity. The National Theatre has an exquisite architectural design with wood-covered interior walls, glass windows that allow sunlight into its vast lobby area, and water below that mirrors its reflection.
The theatre opened in November 2012 under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. It has been home to many famous artists and performances from around the world, hosting the likes of famous Yanni, Il Divo, the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Ballet. The National Theatre is the epicentre of cultural activities in the Kingdom, as well as for smaller regional events and celebrations.