Tomas Terry Theatre
Situated in the central historic area of Cienfuegos on the north side of the square named Parque Jose Martí stands the impressive Tomas Terry Theatre. Impressively grand both inside and out, the architecture takes inspiration from the stylish opulence of Italian and French designs.
Construction of the theatre was completed in 1889 and pays homage to the wealthy Venezuelan industrialist, Tomas Terry. Tomas had great plans to build a luxury theatre for Cienfuegos, but he sadly passed away while in Paris before ever getting to see his vision realised. Today, the elegant structure built in his name is one of the finest anywhere in Cienfuegos.
The theatre was officially inaugurated on February 12th, 1890 with a performance of Aida. Ever since, this stunning venue has hosted countless performances celebrating Cuban music. Iconic international artists have also taken to its stage, including Russian Prima Ballerina, Anna Pavlova and Italian opera singer, Enrico Caruso.
The theatre’s interior is grand to say the least with beautiful carved hardwoods, Carrara marble and exquisite wall and ceiling frescoes painted by Madrid Selaya Camilo - a Filipino artist who was residing in Cuba. In the centre of the lobby, you’ll also see a marble statue of Tomás Terry himself.
Taking a tour
The theatre opens daily between 9 am - 5 pm and an entry fee of just $2 CUC will allow you to explore its wonderfully preserved surroundings, including the opportunity to take to the main stage. From this vantage point, you’ll be able to look out at the distinctive horseshoe-shaped design of the main auditorium, which includes 950 seats spread out across 4 separate levels.
Should you wish to receive a little more background information and historical context during your visit, helpful guides are on hand and will give you a short tour.
Regular concerts are held at the venue throughout the year and the National Ballet of Cuba recently performed here. For those wanting to catch a show while in Cienfuegos, it’s worth planning ahead before your visit. But if you only come for the tour alone, you’ll be truly impressed by the magnificent surroundings of this historic, 19th century theatre.
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