Like other theatres built in the nineteenth century, the construction of the Theatre Garcia de Resende, stems from an initiative of the local elites, as a means to restrain unemployment and the consequential criminality. José Ramalho Dinis Perdigão a wealthy landowner spurred the creation of a society whose foundations was laid on October 31, 1881.
However, the theatre would only be ready in 1890, after several setbacks, including the death, in 1884, of Ramalho Perdigão. His widow, D. Inácia Fernandes de Barahona, would later marry, with the meritorious Dr. Francisco Barahona, who came to continue the project.
The finishes, would have been influenced by her exquisite taste, and for this purpose, a team of painters and craftsmen of great merit were hired: Luigi Manini, titular set designer, in the theatre S. Carlos, collaborated on the scenario and curtin.
The Theatre Garcia de Resende would be inaugurated on June 1, 1892, in the presence of infante Afonso, with a play by E. Schwalbach, "O Intimo", performed by the company of D. Maria II theatre.
In 1941, a strong wind snatched the roof tiles, and having thus remained throughout the winter, the paintings were damaged. In addition, during the recovery work the interior lead coating of the cover, which provided thermal and acoustic insulation, was stolen. In 1943, the Town Hall rented it, as theatre and cinema, authorizing changes that mischaracterized the area of the audience. In 1969, a disastrous intervention irretrievably altered its original appearance (main façade).
The Theatre was even been used as a garbage dump until 1975, when, following the Revolução dos Cravos, it was occupied by the Centro Cultural de Évora, which from then on began the first experience of theatrical decentralization. But, after the profound reforms carried out by the municipality over the last 20 years, it remains today as a cultural space of reference, managed by CENDREV - Centro Dramático de Évora. (Évora´s Drama Center)
The Teatro Garcia de Resende is included in the European Route of Historic Theatres.
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