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Theatre & Dance in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro has always been the cultural centre of Brazil.

It has over 60 theatres, cultural centres and cafes where live concerts, orchestras, plays and musicals are performed.

Rio’s prime venue for the performing arts is the sophisticated Parisian-style Teatro Municipal, which stages everything from ballet to opera to symphony concerts. The theatre’s ballet corps and symphony orchestra perform regularly through out the year, with the theatre also hosting many foreign acts.

Numerous other famous and popular venues are also reviewed here.

Theatro Municipal

Theatro Municipal

The beautiful and impressive building of this theatre was opened on July 14, 1909. Tt was considered as one of the most important theatres in the country.

The names of classic Eurocentric & Brazilian artists are inscribed on the walls. The Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro mostly shows productions of ballet and classical music.

Address: Praça Floriano, s/n – Cinelândia, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel.: +55 21 2297 4411, +55 21 2262 3935

CCBB – Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil

CCBB – Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil

Holds a variety of shows in the fields of performing arts, cinemas, exhibitions, ideas (lectures, discussions, seminars), musical and educational programs all 6 days a week.

In its nearly 25 years of operation, has completed nearly completion of 3,500 projects and 12,000 events, making itself as one of the main cultural centres in Brazil.

Address: Rua 1º de Março 66 Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel.: +55 21 3808 2000

Centro Cultural Light

Centro Cultural Light

The Centro Cultural Light was opened in 1994 at the headquarters of electric energy distributor of Rio de Janeiro, Light. It currently holds musical and educational projects.

Address: Av. Marechal Floriano, 168 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel.: +55 21 2211 4515

Teatro Maison de France

Teatro Maison de France

Teatro Maison de France theatre was opened in early 50s. It has always remained an important place of Rio de Janeiro’s main theatrical events.

It hosted the Molière Theatre Award, which honours the Brazilian artistic community. Closed in 1985 for unknown reasons, but reopened on February 1, 2002.

Address: Avenida Presidente Antônio Carlos, 58. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel.: +55 21 2544 2533

MNBA – Museu Nacional de Belas Artes

MNBA – Museu Nacional de Belas Artes

The collection of fine arts here was originally brought by King John VI of Portugal, in 1808.

A few years later with the collection French Fine Art by Joachim Lebreton, it became one of the most important art galleries in the country. Today NMFA has a collection of over 70,000 items which include paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, rare books and historical documents.

Address: Av. Rio Branco, 199 - Centro (Cinelândia), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel.: +55 21 2240 0068

Teatro Rival

Teatro Rival

The Teatro Rival Petrobras, is more than 75 years old, is considered as the most important stage in the Brazilian music and theatre history. The theatre offers popular music shows and often launches new artists on the music scene.

Address: Rua Álvaro Alvim 37, Centro, 20031010 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel.: +55 21 2240 4469

Teatro dos Grandes Atores

Teatro dos Grandes Atores

The Teatro dos Grandes Atores(Theatre of Great Actors) was opened in 1994, presenting many different cultural shows. The Theatre consists of two rooms- Blue room and Red room, each room has a capacity of 336 seats.

The names of classic Eurocentric & Brazilian artists are inscribed on the walls. The Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro mostly shows productions of ballet and classical music.

Address: Avenue of the Americas 3555 -. Barra da Tijuca, 22631-003 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel.: +55 21 3325-1645

Recommended Activities

Plataforma Samba Show

Duration: 3 to 5 hours (approx.)

Rio de Janeiro Helicopter Tour

Duration: 1 hour (approx.)

Rio de Janeiro Combo Tour

Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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