Municipal theater of Tunis
The building, called familiarly “the candy box” within sight of its form, is designed by the Architecte Jean-Emile Resplandy, author of many other buildings of Tunis and architect of the family beylicale. Construction is financed by the municipality of Tunis.
The first version of the theater, whose capacity of reception does not exceed 856 places, is demolished in 1909. The theater is transformed and increased to accommodate 1350 seats out of 4 levels (Orchestre, Balcon, mezzanine and gallery). The new room, whose only exterior facade is left intact, is again inaugurated the January 4th 1911. A total restoration of the theater is carried out in 2001 for its centenary.
In addition to one century, the municipal Theater of Tunis accommodated on its boards the great names of the Tunisian and international scene: Sarah Bernhardt, Salama Hegazi, Gerard Philippe, Jean Marsh, Aly Ben Ayed and well of others. The March 27th 1970, the singer Ali Riahi succumbs to a heart attack on the scene of the theater.
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