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The Bourla Theatre is a city theatre that dates from 1834, it was designed in neo-classicist style (with some touches of baroque) by Pierre Bruno Bourla and has traditionally housed Antwerp's (more or less) official theatre company. Since 1994 that company is called Toneelhuis.

During the 1980's it was abandonned, then almost destroyed before it reopened in 1993, as part of the festivities (and money coming in) for Antwerp being the European Capital of the Arts that year.

Its traditional grandeur shines, but it's sometimes difficult to stage modern state-of-the art productions and there seems to be a constant need for renovation.

On the upper floor there is a wonderful buffet room that is sometimes open for the general public too.

I've seen many great theatre productions here, but there were a few other events that stood out too, e.g. the memorial service for Hugo Claus (one of Flanders' most renowned writers) and a Tom Waits concert, which I couldn't get tickets for, as most seemed to have gone to local VIP's and their friends, for which I'm still a bit angry.

On the other hand I did get to see my favourite alternative rock band The Fall here, when they were invited to do a concert at the Bourla theatre in 2012. Quite a one-off that was!

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