For about thirty years, until 1983, at the beginning of the economic take-off, Maurice experienced a great interest in theatre, mainly in French and Creole. Many troops, most often intermittent, sometimes even very ephemeral, were created. Below are the places where you can enjoy a theatre play in Mauritius.
Port Louis Theatre
Inaugurated in 1822 by the first British Governor of Mauritius, Sir Robert Farquhar, ten years after the British conquest, the Port Louis Theatre was one of the first theatres to be built in the Southern Hemisphere, and was to house theatrical and opera troupes throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Mauritian and international artists regularly frequented this theatre for a long winter season of plays and operas, performing in such works as La Bohême, La Barbière de Seville, La Troubadour, Rigoletto, and Aïda.
Night trains were even made available to opera lovers to allow them to return home after the performances, and the cultural magazines Port Louis Mondain and Maurice Théâtre provided media coverage of these events in the press. Engineer Vandermeesch created the magnificent dome of the theatre as a tribute to the great opera composers.
Serge Constantin Theatre in Vacoas
Known as Trafalgar Hall and Garisson Hall during the British occupation, the room was part of the military buildings. Before its renovation, Trafalgar Hall was an old wooden building located at the corner of St Vincent and Farquhar Road in Vacoas. It is one of the few government institutions available for the preservation of local culture and its dissemination to the public. The hall is mainly used for theatre activities of the Ministry of Arts and Culture and is now known as the Théâtre Serge Constantin.
The Serge Constantin Theatre had closed its doors for renovation. To mark International Theatre Day, observed on March 27, the Ministry of Arts and Culture reopened it in 2015. At a cost of Rs 12 million, work at the Serge Constantin Theatre had begun in June 2014. The floor, seats, lighting system, among others, have been redone.
Caudan Arts Centre
It is impossible to miss the imposing monument at the Caudan Waterfront. December 2018 saw the long-awaited inauguration of the Caudan Arts Centre in the capital’s port. The building houses a 430-seat theatre, conference rooms, exhibition space, offices, a large number of car parks and a café. Its motto is “Creativity for all”. The Caudan Arts Centre wishes to create bridges between Mauritius, Africa and Asia in order to move away from a too Euro-centric programming and to introduce Mauritians to lesser-known genres such as Indian classical theatre.