What are the best places to see a play in Santiago?

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Gabriel O’Rorke

The Municipal Theatre of Santiago is the main theatre in the Chilean capital. Situated by Los Leones Metro, this old-school theatre dates back to 1857. On 17 September 1857 the first performance here was the opera Ernani by Giuseppe Verdi. Surviving various earthquakes, the theatre lives on and the 2013 schedule includes ballet, opera, concerts and classic plays like Romeo and Juliet.

If you're worried about the language element, then Santiago Stage is Chile's leading English lamguage theatre company. A non-profit organization established in 1972, these guys produce plays for the city's English speakers whilst raising funds for local grassroots Chilean charities. One of the most popular genres is comedy, and an example of a play showing this year is Alan Ayckbourn’s Wildest Dreams.

Another theatre on the Santiago scene is San Ginés in Barrio Bellavista. Seating just 260 people, this initimate theatre shows a range of performances which will dazzle and delight. Good for a family outing.

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