Cities You Might Didn’t Know Had Great Theatre Scenes

Tokyo, Japan. Great theater scene.
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If you love live theatre, you might be interested in visiting a city with a thriving theatre scene on your next trip. Everyone knows about Broadway and off-Broadway productions, but in fact, there are lesser-known theatre scenes all over the world where you can go to catch both classic and independent shows all in one trip. Here are some of the best around the world.

Tokyo, Japan

Japan has its own rich tradition of theatre including Kabuki and Osakan puppetry. This and Western theatre can be found in different areas across Tokyo. You can find opera and Shakespeare, underground indie, comedy, and traditional Japanese theatre all within a short ride of one another.

Bogota, Colombia

Bogota has a growing theatre scene a citywide effort to promote Latin art. Part of this is its annual theatre festival, Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogota. This is a world-renowned festival that brings theatre troupes from every part of the world and hosts up to 800 performances a year. If you love all kinds of international theatre, the festival is a perfect time to visit.

Grahamstown, South Africa

This small town’s theatrical history is quite political, as it got started with anti-apartheid productions by politically active artists. It now hosts the biggest arts celebration in Africa, the Grahamstown Arts Festival. This festival features a main theatre program and a fringe program which includes all types of performing arts.