As patron of the National Museum of Theatre and Dance, and to celebrate International Theatre Day, the Mirpuri Foundation invited families to visit the world of Gil Vicente, the first great Portuguese playwright.

On this International Theatre Day, the Foundation underscores its commitment to promoting cultural enrichment and fostering a passion for arts among communities, especially in the youngest generation. Early in the morning, in Lisbon, the parents and children gathered to enjoy “Gil Vicente POP”, a theatre production designed for kids who have yet to encounter Gil Vicente’s works. The show captivated families with its delightful and original approach to introducing them to the wonders of Vicentino theatre.

The Mirpuri Foundation took the opportunity to introduce, through a guided tour tailored explicitly for children, the ongoing exhibition in the National Museum of Theatre and Dance

“Gil Vicente – Portugal and Spain in the beginnings of the European Theatre”, held from October 2023 to April 2024, featuring the works of Gil Vicente.

 The exhibition stands as a remarkable testament to the evolution of performing arts in Portugal over 150 years, paying homage to Gil Vicente’s seminal works with an extensive collection of over 450 exquisite artefacts, including books, costumes, stage props, 3D stage models, musical instruments, and other remarkable objects.

The Mirpuri Foundation assumes the distinct honour of being associated with preserving and presenting the theatrical machinery, reminiscent of Gil Vicente’s acclaimed production, “Romagem dos Agravados.”

These meticulously restored historical theatre characters now find a distinguished sanctuary within the beautiful outside of the museum, ensuring their legacy remains intact for generations to come. Families and children had the opportunity to witness these restored pieces during their visit, further enriching their experience.

 

About the National Theatre and Dance Museum

Housed in an XVIII building, the Monteiro-Mor Palace in Lisbon, the museum features 250 thousand pieces that are a part of the historical and cultural heritage of the performing arts. The collection ranges from costumes and stage props to scenarios, theatre moulds, posters, programs, records and music scores. The museum is responsible for conserving, organizing, researching and documenting all these materials. In addition, there are also over 120 thousand photographs and a library of 35 thousand books and documents.