The theater has always had a special place in Portuguese culture, but it was on the XVI century that Gil Vicente and his work brought a significative evolution to the Portuguese Theater, through a literary style that is very valued from time to time. Gil Vicente is considered to Portuguese theater founder, but several figures emerged on the country’s history that contributed to the national theater, such as the romantic writer and playwright Almeida Garrett, the drama Frei Luís de Sousa author, that is still studied and staged on Portuguese stages until this day.
In the XX century, Portuguese theater became known by the vaudeville genre, a comic and satirical way that showcases the same humoristic and critical spirit that Gil Vicente brought to the national dramaturgy. The national theater has been experimenting with new genres in the last years, so we can witness the representation of the worldwide known repertoires, such as Shakespeare, Chekhov, Molière, besides the classic and contemporary Portuguese authors.
When we think about Portuguese theater nowadays, we think about Filipe La Féria. La Féria recreated the Portuguese vaudeville with the influence of American musical, in a unique combination that results in very personal and singular shows.
The relationship between Theater and Porto – what to visit:
Visit to Teatro Nacional de São João;
Visit to Teatro do Campo Alegre – Seiva Trupe;
Visit to Casa da Música;
Visit to Coliseu do Porto;
Visit to Faculty of Fine Arts in Porto.