Gran Teatro de La Habana

Gran Teatro de La Habana, Havana: Address, Phone Number, Gran Teatro de La Habana Reviews: 4.5/5

Gran Teatro de La Habana
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,588 contributions
Jan 2020
Stunning building. The only way to visit inside, however, is to buy tickets for a performance or take a 45 minute guided tour for 5 CUC. These run regularly through out the day and are definitely worth it as the building is equally impressive inside.
If there is a rehearsal underway, the guide may also let you into the theater to watch some of it.
Written January 30, 2020
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Hambleyhouse
Cumbria43 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Amazing place! We went on a tour with a lovely young guide - she told us loads about the history and seemed genuinely proud to be a custodian of such a wonderful building and all the history that it holds. Beautiful sculpture of the dancer Alicia Alonso, held close to all Cuban’s hearts, and we got to go into the theatre too. Would have loved to get to see a performance, but sadly our timing in Habana didn’t allow for that. Tour was 5CUC per person (5CUP for Cuban nationals); tickets for the shows are currently 30CUC for tourists (significantly cheaper in CUPs for Cuban nationals which I personally think is brilliant - attempting to make arts and the theatre accessible to many). Really recommend the tour and if you can, to see any performance.
Written March 7, 2020
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Fergs85
Thornton-Le-Dale, UK833 contributions
Mar 2020
We had been able to contact the theatre through Facebook before we travelled to Cuba, so knew that there was a contemporary dance event scheduled while we were there.. It was easy enough to buy tickets on the afternoon of the performance (starting at 5pm by the way); a good seat cost 30 CUCs, so pretty good value. The theatre itself is spectacular, and the show was excellent – definitely worth seeing what’s on.
I think there are guided tours, but have no information about these. We also sat in tha cafe/bar in the arcaded forefront of the the theatre and there was an excellent band, with mostly female musicians (for a change!), playing while we were there.
Written April 22, 2020
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Tom-2009
Toronto, Canada527 contributions
Nov 2019
There is always music in El Tablao, one of the halls in the massive complex of Gran Teatro. It has jazz, salsa, rumba on the menu. When I was there a large ensemble was very professional. 4 Singers, 2 trumpets, sax, trombone, bongos, drummer, piano, bass, violin and flute. That's 14 people! They can all sing and dance. In addition there were 4 pro dancers trying to lure people on the dance floor. It took a bit of alcohol to do the job, as the evening progressed. The place was filled with locals and tourist about 50/50. ($5 CUC for extranjeros; $2 CUC Habaneros. I was there 2x during my stay. Jean, from France, who spends several month in Havana comes there 4x in a week. Beer is about 3 CUC. The entrance is from San Rafael.
Written January 16, 2020
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Gerard Lebeda
Hoboken, NJ151 contributions
Feb 2020
On our first day in Havana we walked by the theatre which is absolutely beautiful. We immediately decided we wanted to try and see something there and the the Ballet de Cuba were performing for the next couple evenings. Although the ticket purchasing process was strange (which we believe was because we were not local to Cuba) the rest of the experience was lovely. The dancers were, for the most part, outstanding, and the settings and lighting dramatic. The auditorium was also beautiful although the box seats on the side towards the stage can be awkward from a viewing perspective as the auditorium is horseshoe shaped. Stick to the orchestra of center sections of the mezzanine. We moved midway through to much better seats.
Written February 23, 2020
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Nesligül D
Istanbul, Turkey6,114 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Home of the famous Cuban Ballet, founded by the legendary ballerina Alicia Alonso is really a fascinating building from the outside whether you see it during the day or at night when it is beautifully lit. It is almost next to El Capitolio and to see them at night, both beautifully renovated and so well lit is a great experience. I would definitely recommend you to go there at night at least once.

To see a performance here would be a lovely experience too. I was lucky to see a ballet here with the late Alicia Alonso very close to my seat. I was thrilled to see her but they didn’t let me go near her and get a signature.
Written February 28, 2020
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WOODY4832
London, UK71 contributions
Mar 2020
We couldnt possibly go to Havana and not visit the famous Gran Teatro - a beautiful theatre and famously home of Mr Carlos Acosta (my wife's favourite dancer). We saw some contemporary ballet - and had great seats. Well worth a visit.
Written March 23, 2020
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rmwso
Toronto, Canada123 contributions
Jan 2020
The building is stunning day or night. It is worth visiting, the tour is only 3cuc. We were able to get tickets for "The Nutcracker", it was a wonderful performance, and a bargain for 30cuc. Tickets selection were still done by hand the old fashioned way. Seats were comfortable, although we sat to the side the views were still very good. The locals were appropriately dressed, you can tell who were the tourists!
Written February 6, 2020
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Paul v
Amsterdam, The Netherlands762 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We arrived in Habana and jist where on our way to the Capitolio. We saw the sign and bought tickets for the x-mas show Casanuances.

Please be aware of the price diffence for Cuban people and toerist. They pay the same but in CUP instead of CUC.

The show was at 1700 and everbody was dressed up.

Super building and the teatro is perfect.

Seat and stuff very nice
Written February 2, 2020
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TheophaniaSeattle
Seattle, WA374 contributions
One of the most beautiful opera houses I've ever been in, and a true highlight of my trip to Cuba.

The Opera House is right next door to the Capital in Havana Vieja. Although there are tours available, we discovered that seeing an actual opera was only a few dollars more--$10 total I think. You can also see the famous Cuban ballet perform here.

While the opera company is not as famous as the ballet, we found the production (La Traviata) delightful. Be warned--there are no sub or supra titles and the program we purchased for another $1 or $2 gave a story summary in Spanish only. Fortunately, we were familiar enough with the story to follow along happily. In fact, this is the only opera I've ever been to where there were NO titles, and I found it refreshing to just concentrate on the music and the singing (which I thought very good, though I'm no expert).

Seats are threadbare and a tad uncomfortable. Although if memory serves it's general admission so you could switch seats if you chose. The inside is in far from tip-top shape, but even the faded glory is still glorious!
Written July 5, 2007
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