Royal Theatre

Valetta, Malta

Bombed 1942

The Disappointed Tourist: Royal Theatre, Ellen Harvey, 2021. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

I saw the repurposed ruins and was curious. Anon.

The Royal Theatre or Royal Opera House (Maltese: It-Teatru Rjal) was an opera house in Valletta. It was designed by the English architect Edward Middleton Barry and was erected in 1866. The theatre received a direct hit from aerial bombing by the German Luftwaffe in 1942 during World War II. After several abandoned plans to rebuild the theatre, the ruins were redesigned by the Italian architect Renzo Piano and in 2013, it once again started functioning as a performance venue, now called Pjazza Teatru Rjal.