There are a variety of performance venues across the city , particularly in the southern districts and downtown, that present a range of classical and modern shows performed predominantly in Portuguese. Prices vary depending on the theatre, but many of the children’s shows are free. Consult O Globo or Caderno B (an entertainment pull-out section that comes with the Jornaldo Brasil) or visit a tourist office to find out exactly what’s on when you arrive.
Rio De Janeiro Theatres Travel Guide
Here is a selection of the larger theatres throughout Rio.
1. Teatro Municipal
Plaza Floriano Telephone – 2544 2900 Opening hours – 9am-5pm Mon-Fri Ticket prices start at around R$35.
Rio’s grandest and most beautiful theatre, which is every bit as opulent and gold-laced as the Parisian Opera House it was modelled upon. Enjoy an operatic or orchestral performance after dark or simply come and gaze at the marble-clad floors, glittering chandeliers and gilt-embossed decorations.
2. Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB)
Praca 15 de Novembre, 48 Telephone – 3808 2000
An excellent addition to the theatrical scene, this well-designed venue incorporates an exhibition hall, cinema, cafe and stage. Call in to see what productions are going on.
3. Claro Hall
Avenida Ayrton Senna, Barra da Tijuca Telephone – 0300 789 6846
The largest concert hall in Rio seats 6,000 and plays host to major pop concerts and musicals.
Rua Adalberto Ferreira 32, Leblon Telephone – 21 274 4022
Yes it’s unashamedly glitzy and tourist-orientated, but the samba shows and faux carnival parades make for a very fun night.
5. Maison de France
Avenida Carlos 58, Centro Telephone – 3974 6699
The French Institute in Rio puts on a range of highly acclaimed contemporary shows. Check with the venue for listings and times.
6. Centro Cultural Light
Rua Marechal Floriano 168, Centro Telephone – 2211 7268 Opening hours – 10am-7pm Mon-Fri, 2pm-6pm Sat & Sun
This fascinating conversion boasts a sizable atrium that is used for concerts while and old tram car acts as the stage. The music is usually popular Brazilian tunes, so expect to be twirling along the aisles.