World Theatre Day

World Theatre DayWorld Theatre Day

March 27

I’m excited for the shows waiting in the wings!

This day is a celebration for those who can see the value and importance of the art form “theatre”, and acts as a wake-up-call for governments, politicians and institutions which have not yet recognized its value to the people and to the individual and have not yet realized its potential for economic growth.

World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute. It is celebrated annually on the 27th March by the international theatre community and champions the people and organizations who have the vision and who make it manifest across all theatre forms and genres while encouraging the public and government to participate. Various national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion.  The message is spread across stages around the world through performances.

The goals of World Theatre Day are:

  • To highlight the importance of theatre around the world.
  • To make people aware of the importance of the value of theatre.
  • To enable theatre communities to promote their work on a broad scale.
  • To enjoy the theatre for its own sake.

One of the most significant activities is the circulation of the World Theatre Day Message, in which a person of global prominence shares their thoughts on the theme of Theatre at the invitation of ITI. The first World Theatre Day International Message was written by Jean Cocteau (France) in 1962. Since then, the World Theatre Day Message has been delivered by an incredible array of talent including John Malkovich, Judi Dench, Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Helen Mirren and Peter Brook and translated into over 50 languages.

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