About the Theatre
The Jerusalem Theatre, Israel's largest centre for art and culture, is located in the heart of the capital's Talbieh neighborhood, near the Presidential Residence. Established in 1971 at the initiative of Miles M and Gita Sherover and then Mayor Teddy Kollek, it was designed by architect Michael Nadler. Three additional halls, donated by the Chicago-based Crown Family with the support of the Jerusalem Foundation and the Jerusalem Municipality, opened in 1986. The Studio (Ulpan), hosting 250 was opened in 2006. The Theatre continues to renew and develop its facility and recently, 2014, opened a new hall, for Micro Theatre.
The Theatre's unique structure houses six elegant halls: the Sherover Theatre, seats 970; the Henry Crown Hall seats 760; the Rebecca Crown Hall seats 452; the The Uzi Wexler Hall seats 117; the Studio (HaUlpan) seats 250 and the recently opened Micro-Theatre 141 seats. There is a restaurant, a book and music shop, and large foyers presenting alternating art exhibitions. Facilities feature access for the disabled, and include an assistive listening system for the hearing-impaired. For further information of the Theatre facilities and infrastructure for productions, events and conferences click here.
Annually, more than 600,000 visitors-including 30,000 subscribers, children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens- attend theatre, dance, music, first-run film performances, Israeli entertainment, festivals and exhibitions at the Theatre. Hundreds of plays by various Israeli theateres, leading fringe performances and festival productions are staged every year.
In addition, the Theatre hosts diverse musical activities, including dozens of concerts with leading orchestras, chamber music ensembles, recitals, and operas with local guest and international choruses, soloists and conductors, in a variety of styles from jazz through pop and rock, and from Israeli song to world music. More Music information
The best of dance productions from Israel and around the globe, contemporary Israeli dance companies and others are presented here every year and the Jerusalem Theatre also plays host to dance premieres of the Curtain Up Festival (Haramat Masach). More Dance information
Regular daily screenings of first-run, new, local and international films and a variety of cinema-related events take place at the Theatre. More Cinema information
The Theatre also hosts the Israel Festival, The Oud Festival, the Curtain Up Festival (Haramat Masach),, The Jerusalem Arts Festival (Festival Yerushalayim L'oomanuyot) and produces The Piano Event, The- End-of-Summer Festival (Festival Sof HaKayitz) of the arts every August on the Theatre plaza. More Festivals and Special Events information.
In addition, the Theatre presents dozens of Shows with leading Israeli entertainers, and activities for kids on the Children's Subscription.
Throughout the year, there are courses on subjects of art and culture in cooperation with Ascolot, workshops, and meetings with artists. The public is also invited to view some 80 different art exhibitions held in the Theatre's foyers.
The Jerusalem Theatre is also home to major Israeli cultural organizations: The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (IBA), The Israel Camerata Jerusalem, and The Israel Festival.