Plaça de les Arts, 1,
08013 Barcelona

(L1) - Glòries i Marina
(L2) - Monumental
Lines: H12, H14, V21, 6, 7, 40, 42, 62,
92 i B25 

Nocturns: N0, N3, N2 N7 i N11

Line T4 (L'Auditori /Teatre Nacional)
Line T5 (Glòries) 




The National Theatre of Catalonia was conceived as a cultural center for the production and presentation of performances to a high standard of excellence and quality, with a view to promoting the growth of the performing arts in Catalonia and making the performing arts known to a wider general public. It is a public service institution focused on the country's cultural enrichment and a useful tool for the creativity of artists and also a meeting point between the creators in the performing arts and Catalan society at large.

Thus, the TNC oversees the cultural, artistic, linguistic and social interest of its programming from the perspective of a moral commitment to the whole of Catalan society: a commitment to maintaining live contact with the society through artistic proposals every season, and in turn contribute decisively to the general social use and prestige of the Catalan Language.

The TNC is a “backbone” of the performing arts sector throughout the country and is committed to the constant search for new audiences and in this regard, it considers one of its vital roles that of education, aware that the arts are a very useful tool for the education and cultural development of people.

The construction of the National Theater of Catalonia, a building designed by architect Ricardo Bofill, in Barcelona’s Plaza Glories, revitalized a neighborhood that was in need of profound urban transformation. In this regard, the TNC made a notable contribution to the fair distribution of municipal installations through the city of Barcelona.

The National Theatre of Catalonia was projected by the Ministry of Culture of the Generalitat of Catalonia. Construction was begun on November 8, 1991, on land donated by the City Council. It is a complex comprised of two different structures. The main building in the form of a Greek temple, houses the Great Hall (870 seats) and the Small Hall (up to 450 seats), in addition to the main hall, there is an area for artists, offices and ancillary services. It has an area of 20,000 m2 covered by a gable roof supported on twenty six 12 meter high columns.

The second, auxiliary building has an area of 5000 m2 and complements the overall composition. Its esthetic is both modern and traditional at the same time. In this structure, the workshops of the National Theatre of Catalonia are situated, including the Tallers Theater with its up to 400 seats. This is a multipurpose performance hall which facilitates the production of a variety of shows of diverse character.