[Photo from visitmalta.com]
The Manoel Theatre, or TeatruManoel as it is known in Maltese, is an architectural gem.
Commissioned and personally funded by AntónioManoel de Vilhena, Grand Master of the Knights of Malta, the theatre was constructed in just ten months. As stated in the Latin motto inscribed above the main entrance - "ad honestampopulioblectationem" - the theatre was built to provide the general public with ‘honest' entertainment` Opened on the 19th January 1732 with a performance of ‘Merope', the Manoel has had a long and colourful history.
Today it offers a full calendar, ranging from comedy to classics in both English and Maltese. The theatre runs guided tours of the auditorium, back stage and the theatre museum.
Winter hours (01 October – 31 May) Monday to Friday: 10.15, 11.00, 11.45, 12.30, 13.15, 14.00, 15.30, 16.30; Saturdays 12.30.
Summer hours (01 June – 30 September) Monday to Friday only: 10:15, 11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 13:15; Duration of tour is approximately 20-30 mins.