The touring exhibition


Six theatre museums from six different European countries jointly created this touring exhibition that was on show from 2015 to 2018 in Warsaw, Copenhagen, Vienna, Munich, Ljubljana, Hanau, London, and Bellinzona. With more than 250 exhibits, the exhibition illustrates how the history of Europe from antiquity to the present is mirrored in the performances and the theatre buildings of the different eras.

It is the first time that such a group of museums created an exhibition as team, each proposing well-chosen exhibits from its own and other collection(s) and discussing all proposals with the colleagues from the partner museums. The result is also a panorama of European theatre collections.



  • The tour of the exhibition 2015 - 2018:

  •    Warsaw (Poland): Teatr Wielki.
               10 February - 30 April 2015
  •    Copenhagen (Denmark): Theatre Museum in the Court Theatre.
               22 May - 20 September 2015
  •    Vienna (Austria): Theatre Museum.
               22 October 2015 - 28 March 2016
  •    Munich (Germany): German Theatre Museum.
              13 May - 03 October 2016
  •    Ljubljana (Slovenia): Ministery of Culture.
              24 October 2016 - 03 January 2017
  •    Hanau (Germany): Old Town Hall.
              19 January - 24 February 2017
  •    London (Great Britain): Victoria and Albert Museum.
              22 March - 03 September 2017
  •    Bellinzona (Switzerland): Castelgrande.
              11 November 2017 - 07 January 2018


ERHT Project


The exhibition The history of Europe - told by its theatres is part of a larger European project, the European Route of Historic Theatres.

For this project, 19 partners from 14 countries joined forces in the period 2012-2017 to make the still existing historic theatres in Europe better known to the public, supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.


The project 2012 - 2017 consisted of the following activities:

  •     We researched the still existing historic theatres in all of  Europe. They are
             now presented in a freely accessible, comprehensive online database.
  •     We selected 120 of the best preserved and most interesting theatre buildings
            of each period and connected them on a continuous cultural tourism route
            that leads across Europe: the European Route of Historic Theatres.

  •     We promoted the European Route of Historic Theatres throughout
            Europe with folders, websites, press activities etc. 

  •     We created this touring exhibition that presents the theatres in

  •     And while doing all this, we developed cooperation among the
            partners in the project and about 120 theatre managements in more than 30
            countries, e.g. in periodical meetings and the annual ERHT Conference

European Route of Historic Theatres


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