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Exterior of the Barcelona theatre bus

Theatre in movement in Barcelona

Barcelona

Dramatised tours on foot and on the bus

The curtain rises and we see the interior of a tourist bus, decorated eccentrically with velvet curtains, carpeted floors, red-upholstered seats… We’re on a theatre bus. A fun way to make your first contact with Barcelona and local culture, especially when you don’t have much time. But the opportunities to experience a place in a different way don’t end here. There are dramatised tours of museums and iconic neighbourhoods of the city.It’s a chance to enjoy live theatre, and go somewhere at the same time.

From Don Quixote to Gaudí

From the ironic pages of Don Quixote, the famous masterpiece of Spanish literature, to the biography of a symbol of Art Nouveau architecture and the city of Barcelona, Antoni Gaudí. Some of the shows on offer in this ingenious form of theatre take us on a quick tour of the foundational works and figures of Spanish culture. In others, the script is so open to improvisation that we aren’t surprised to see the Catalan painter Salvador Dalí sharing the stage with the footballer Leo Messi.  

Performance of Don Quixote on the theatre bus

Theatre on wheels

The theatre bus option means giving up the role of a simple spectator and literally getting on stage. You travel in a bus converted into an authentic travelling theatre to enjoy a performance lasting about an hour. During the route the bus stops at points of interest relating directly to the content of the work being performed.Theatre buses are becoming more popular in Spanish cities, and also help to make the most of travel time. There are performances welcoming people to the city on the routes bringing people from the airport, port or railway station to their accommodation, and plays introducing us to the museums where the passengers are going.

Interior of the Barcelona theatre bus

Dramatised tours

There are even more options if you want a dramatised walking tour. You can visit iconic parts of Barcelona, like the Gothic quarter, Born, the Ramblas and Raval in medieval style, or even with a horror theme if you prefer something more blood-curdling.Another option is a visit to a house-museum, such as Casa Amatller to see the history of these families, of Modernism and the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch. In the dramatised tour of Casa Batlló, Gaudí himself explains Modernism in a fun way that people of all ages can understand. After all, as the writer, poet and playwright Federico García Lorca once said: “Theatre is poetry that comes out of the book to become human”, so let’s raise the curtain!

Dramatised tour of Casa Batlló
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