"Theatres have been hard-hit by the Coronavirus pandemic, with many venues in the UK having been closed for over a year, so it's never been more important to encourage visitors to these venues."
With so many theatregoers missing out on their favourite hobby, Whaleys Stages, leading manufacturers of theatre curtains and stage drapes, have put together a list of the top 10 most Instagrammed theatres in the world. Through the findings, Whaleys Stages aim to inspire future theatre trips and encourage even more striking Instagram posts.
Theatres, and arts venues in general, have been hard-hit by the Coronavirus pandemic, with many venues in the UK having been closed for over a year. It’s therefore never been more important to encourage visitors to these venues.
It’s expected that UK theatres will be able to partially reopen on 17th May and so, with this date nearing, Whaleys Stages have analysed common theatre hashtags on Instagram to see if any UK theatres are amongst the most Instagrammed theatres in the world.
In fact, 3 UK theatres feature on the list, along with theatres in Sydney, New York, Colorado and others.
The most popular Instagram hashtags for each theatre were analysed in order to produce the list.* Concert Halls that only host music performances (such as the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg) have been excluded to make way for venues that host more traditional theatre shows.
The 10 most Instagrammed theatres in the world:
1. Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Topping the list is Sydney Opera House. Although not a ‘theatre’ in the traditional sense, the venue is home to two proscenium arch theatres. With over 923,000 mentions of #SydneyOperaHouse on Instagram, the venue easily gained the first place.
Located in Sydney Australia, the building is one of the 20th century’s most famous designs. Surrounded by sea, Sydney Opera House occupies the whole of Bennelong Point on Sydney Harbour, making it easy to see why so many people like to capture the building on film.
2. Royal Albert Hall, London
The Royal Albert Hall is a concert hall on the northern edge of South Kensington, London. As well as musical performances, the venue also hosts musical theatre shows and ballet performances.
The Royal Albert Hall is one of the UK’s most treasured and distinctive buildings, so it’s no surprise that it features at number 2 on the list. The #RoyalAlbertHall hashtag has been used over 332,000 times on Instagram.
Opened in 1871 and built in the Italianate Renaissance style of architecture, the Royal Albert Hall was technically advanced for its time, becoming the world’s first domed amphitheatre.
3. Radio City Music Hall, New York
At number 3 on the list is Radio City Music Hall, with the hashtag #RadioCity being tagged over 287,000 times on Instagram.
Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Nicknamed the Showplace of the Nation, it is the headquarters for the Rockettes, a precision dance company well-known for their Christmas spectaculars. The venue also hosts theatre and comedy shows.
Radio City Music Hall is home to some very famous, and very gold, stage drapes. Last replaced in 1987, Radio City’s drapes are made from a grey-green cotton backing that has gold-toned rayon thread woven throughout.
4. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Colorado
Red Rocks Amphitheatre is an open-air amphitheatre built into a rock structure near Morrison, Colorado. Mainly known for hosting big-name bands, the amphitheatre also hosts comedy and theatre shows.
The venue’s stunning red-rock surroundings have led to the #RedRocksAmphitheater hashtag being used over 193,000 times on Instagram.
5. Alexandra Palace, London
The second UK theatre to appear on the list is Alexandra Palace, also affectionately known as Ally Pally. The hashtag #AlexandraPalace features over 156,000 times on Instagram.
Alexandra Palace has been devastated by fire numerous times, the last being in 1980. After the last fire historic areas of the Palace declined into dereliction. The Palace’s Victorian theatre has now been refurbished, however, to maintain as much of the building's history as possible, damaged surfaces and missing pieces have not been replaced. Original surfaces have been left in a state of “arrested decay”, which can be seen in many Instagram photos.
6. Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires
The Teatro Colón is the main opera house in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Acoustically the venue is considered one of the best venues in the world. The #TeatroColon hashtag features over 145,000 times on Instagram.
The theatre is mainly home to opera performances but also hosts ballet and theatre shows. With its impressive and opulent eclecticism architecture, there’s no surprise the venue is so regularly photographed for social media sites.
7. Royal Opera House, London
The Royal Opera House is a major performing arts venue in Covent Garden, London. The #RoyalOperaHouse hashtag features over 140,000 times on Instagram.
The auditorium of the Royal Opera House is the largest of London's Victorian theatres, seating 2,256 people in a horseshoe structure modelled on the theatre design popular in Italian opera houses of the 19th century. The Royal Opera House’s stage curtains are crimson with gold trimmings and weigh nearly three tonnes.
8. Teatro alla Scala, Milan
The neoclassical Teatro alla Scala is regarded as one of the leading opera houses and ballet theatres in the world. Opened in 1778, the theatre features a backdrop of wood and red velvet, Baroque-era detailing on the balconies and is heightened by a massive Bohemian crystal chandelier.
It is believed that 18th century Italian theatres introduced the idea of red velvet stage curtains into theatres – something that is still replicated to this day. The #TeatroAllaScala hashtag has over 124,000 mentions on Instagram, which is no surprise given the theatre’s overwhelming grandeur.
9. Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow
The Bolshoi Theatre is a historic theatre in Moscow, Russia, originally designed by architect Joseph Bové. The #BolshoiTheatre hashtag features over 107,000 times on Instagram.
The theatre has been rebuilt several times due damage by fires and war. The current theatre is neoclassical in style and features a huge, gilded chandelier with crystal pendants, which has remained a symbol of the theatre since Soviet times. The chandelier weighs two tonnes, is 65 metres wide and 8.5 metres tall.
The Bolshoi’s current stage curtains are scarlet and gold in colour and were installed in 2011. The curtains are made of modern acrylic and imitate the previous silk curtains that deteriorated.
10. Teatro Amazonas, Manaus
The Teatro Amazonas is an opera house located in Manaus, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. The Instagram hashtag #TeatroAmazonas features over 100,000 times on the social media platform.
No expense was spared in building the theatre – the roofing came from Alsace, the furniture from Paris, marble from Italy and steel from England. On the outside of the building, the dome is covered in 36,000 decorated ceramic tiles that are painted in the colours of the Brazilian national flag. The inside of the theatre was decorated by renowned Italian painter Domenico de Angelis.
*All data is correct as of April 2021.
About Whaleys Fabrics
Whaleys Stages started from humble beginnings over 20 years ago. Over the years we’ve expanded, and we’re now regarded as one of the leading manufacturers of theatre curtains and stage drapes in the UK. Due to our distinguished reputation, demand for our products is high throughout the world - over 20% of our products are exported to other countries.
We’ve provided stage skirt valances for the Houses of Parliament, floorcloths and drapes for the Irish National Opera, a gauze backing for Ben Khan’s a.t.w (against the wall) music video, front of house drapes for The London Palladium, a gauze curtain for will.i.am’s ‘ANeedA Night Out’ show at the Royal Albert Hall and stage curtains for the music venue Muziekgebouw Eindhoven in the Netherlands, to name a few.