June 5, 2017 / Property Spotlight

Eight Great Theater Cities

In honor of the Tony Awards on June 11, Luxury Defined puts the spotlight on eight exclusive homes near the world’s most celebrated theater districts

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There is something uniquely exciting about live theater. The presence and energy of the actors, the sense of collaboration between the performers and the audience, and the realization that every performance is unique combine again and again to guarantee the continued appeal and cultural resonance of this age-old art form. If “all the world’s a stage,” as Shakespeare would have it, then the world’s greatest theater cities represent the crème de la crème of live performance. They also provide excellent locales for luxury apartments that offer access to an impressive range of theaters not found anywhere else. 

New York City

This Manhattan residence is situated in the highly coveted Essex House, a landmark building on Central Park South. The elegant two-bedroom, two and one half bedroom home boasts spectacular views of Central Park and is just a few blocks from New York’s iconic Broadway Theater District.Midtown Manhattan offers both proximity to the heart of the theater district and unobstructed Hudson River views.

A few blocks south of Central Park and Lincoln Center on the west side of Midtown Manhattan, New York’s Theater District and nearby Theater Row stand at the center of the theatrical world. Presenting everything from long-running Broadway musicals to independent Off-Off-Broadway shows, New York attracts talent and audiences from all over. For those who love live theater, this section of Midtown serves up an inexhaustible playbill of performances, from established classics to avant-garde works.

London

This luxurious three-bedroom apartment at 801 Kings Gate, one of London’s premier residential buildings, is within five minutes’ walk of the Apollo Victoria Theatre and a short taxi ride from London’s famous Theatreland. The home’s tastefully decorated living spaces are framed by views of Buckingham Palace and London’s royal parks. Under London’s ever-evolving, futuristic skyline, the long history of the English stage is alive and well at the venerated Royal Shakespeare Company.

From its famed West End to Shakespeare’s Globe, the Barbican, and the National Theatre, London remains the capital of the English-speaking theater world, as it has been for hundreds of years. This vibrant scene has something for everyone including West End musicals, new dramas at Chelsea’s Royal Court Theatre, and innovative stagings of classics at the New Vic. Stratford’s Royal Shakespeare Company performs in London on a regular basis, and smaller outlets like the Bloomsbury and Tricycle theaters and the Battersea Arts Centre cater to those who prefer more intimate productions.

Paris

This mid-19th century, Napoléon III-style mansion has a prestigious address in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris, near Jardins du Ranelagh and the beautiful Belle Époque Théâtre le Ranelagh. The property has been fully restored and includes a private spa with an indoor pool, sauna, and hammam; an aquarium; an elevator; and a separate guest house.The recently launched Paris Fringe festival featuring performances in both French and English adds a unique element to the compelling theater scene in the City of Light.

Along with its preeminence in classical music and opera, Paris has a grand tradition of Francophone theatre, from Molière to Jean Genet. Theatrical venues include Comédie-Française, Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, Théâtre du Châtelet, and Théâtre Mogador for musicals and the Théâtre Paris-Villette for contemporary plays. In recent years, the City of Light has begun courting younger and English-speaking audiences. A new company named Theatre in Paris produces plays with English surtitles, and the recently launched Paris Fringe festival offers contemporary shows as well as performances in English.

Chicago

This contemporary two-story condominium is situated in a prestigious residential building on East Lake Shore Drive, close to the Magnificent Mile and two of Chicago’s top performing arts venues: the Goodman Theatre and the Chicago Theatre. The residence features grand-scale living and entertaining areas with spectacular views of Lake Michigan.The birthplace of improv comedy, Chicago is also home to The Second City comedy troupe, the training ground for dozens of now-famous comedic actors.

As the name of its famous comedy troupe The Second City suggests, Chicago prides itself on its theater scene and enjoys challenging New York’s U.S. preeminence in that regard. Improv theater was actually invented at the University of Chicago, and the city is particularly rich in comedy venues. Most of today’s great comics and comic actors once performed stand-up in front of Chicago crowds. While Steppenwolf, the Goodman Theatre, and The Chicago Theater are all anchors of the Windy City’s theatrical circuit, numerous other large and small performance spaces host everything from Broadway musicals to contemporary works to plays and operas performed in Polish and Lithuanian for two of the city’s top immigrant populations.

Athens

This spacious contemporary home is located in a highly desirable neighborhood of Athens, the birthplace of Western theater and still the city with the most theater stages in the world.Panoramic views of Athens include the striking silhouette of Mount Lycabettus, where great talents have been performing for centuries in the open-air amphitheater.

In Athens, plays are produced in or adjacent to some of the world’s oldest theatrical venues such as the Odeon of Herodes Atticus on a slope of the Acropolis and the Lycabettus Theatre on one side of Lycabettus Hill, which overlooks the city. Both have served as settings for the 60-year-old Athens and Epidaurus Festival, which in recent years has expanded to other performance spaces around the city and built its own dedicated site in the Tavros district. Modern theaters abound as well. The National Theatre of Greece and the Badminton Theater (converted from a 2004 Olympics venue) are two of the city’s major stages.

Toronto

The penthouse at Toronto’s brand-new Shangri-La hotel is a spectacular two-story, three-bedroom home with 3,400 square feet of interior space and a 1,565-square-foot terrace with a Jacuzzi and outdoor kitchen. The Shangri-La Hotel is in the heart of downtown Toronto, five minutes’ walk from the historic Royal Alexandra Theatre and the Entertainment District.Toronto is home to the Royal Alexandra Theatre, North America’s longest continuously operating theater.

Toronto is home to a thriving theater scene that is centered near downtown within the city’s larger Entertainment District. Its Royal Alexandra Theatre is the oldest continuously operating theater in North America, and Soulpepper in the modern Young Centre for the Performing Arts is a renowned year-round repertory company. Each summer, the city hosts the Toronto Fringe and SummerWorks Performance festivals. The renowned Shaw Festival in nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake as well as the Stratford Festival (formerly the Stratford Shakespeare Festival) effectively supplement the city’s booming theater scene, which includes a regular schedule of traveling shows from New York and London.

Sydney

Alcooringa, a magnificent 1930s Spanish Mission-style estate, has a prime location in Bellevue Hill with convenient access to Sydney CBD, Sydney Opera House, and the theater district. The property includes a seven-bedroom main residence, a three-bedroom cottage, a private chapel, and landscaped gardens overlooking Sydney Harbour, North Head, and the Pacific Ocean.Sydney’s famed Opera House not only makes the city’s skyline unmistakable but offers a robust program of musical and theatrical performances.

Home of the Sydney Festival, Sydney Theatre Company, and National Institute of Dramatic Art —whose alumni include Mel Gibson, Cate Blanchett, and Judy Davis—Sydney is known for its world-class theater scene. Many famous actors were nurtured in (and often return to) local theaters such as the Belvoir St Theatre and Griffin Theatre Company. Sydney boasts a wide range of venues large and small, including its celebrated Opera House, which contains two theatrical stages in addition to its concert and opera venues.

Buenos Aires

This unique residence in situated in a luxury building on Avenida del Libertador in the Palermo barrio of Buenos Aires. The interior measures an impressive 4,846-square-foot with a 258-square-foot balcony. There are four bedrooms, a double living room, dining room, studio, playroom, staff quarters, and two parking spaces.  Palermo is approximately 15 minutes by car from the city’s leading performing arts venues, such as Teatro Colón and the Complejo Teatral de Buenos Aires center.In Buenos Aires, the theatrical heart of South America, the main corridor named Avenida Corrientes is rightly known as “the street that never sleeps.”

Latin America’s theatrical capital is Buenos Aires, home of the Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires and the Complejo Teatral de Buenos Aires (CTBA), the leading performing arts center for the Spanish-speaking world. The crown jewel of the city’s theatrical venues, Teatro Colón, is said to be one of the most important and acoustically perfect opera houses anywhere. The national stage and comedy theatre, Teatro Nacional Cervantes, is just two blocks north of Teatro Colón, and the Teatro General San Martín is the oldest of the CTBA’s complex of seven impressive venues. Avenida Corrientes, “the street that never sleeps,” also known as the Broadway of Buenos Aires, serves as the historic center of this dynamic city’s theater district.Explore more great cities around the globe 

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