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Historic Asolo Theater

Categories: Theater

Features: Guided tours

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The Historic Asolo Theater was the original home of the Asolo Theatre Festival. It was built as a palace playhouse in Asolo, Italy, in 1798 to honor the 15th-century exiled Queen Catherine Cornaro of Cyprus.  In the late 1940s it was dismantled and moved to the John and Mable Ringling Museum. The theater company eventually outgrew the space and moved into a new facility in 1990. Renowned for its spectacular collection of Baroque painting, the original theater was restored in 2006 and is now part of the Ringling Museum Visitors Pavilion. It sits inside the Cà d'Zan Gatehouse on the Ringling museum estate and hosts a variety of music and dance performances, film screenings and lectures. Outside of performances, general admission to the estate includes the Historic Asolo Theater.

The Asolo Repertory Theatre performs in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, primarily in the Mertz Theatre. The teaching FSU/Asolo Conservatory uses the more intimate 161-seat Cook Theatre for most of its performances. Both groups plan to occasionally perform in the Historic Asolo Theater.

In 2006, the Asolo Theatre Company was renamed Asolo Repertory Theatre. In 2000, the Florida Legislature transferred the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art to Florida State University. It also created the Florida State University Ringling Center for the Cultural Arts which includes: the Ringling museum, Ca' d'Zan (the former Ringling residence), the Ringling Museum of the Circus, Florida State University/Sarasota Dance and the Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts, which is adjacent to the Ringling property.

Events at Historic Asolo Theater

Summer Circus Spectacular
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 11:00am
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 2:00pm
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 11:00am
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 2:00pm
Thursday, July 9, 2015 11:00am
Thursday, July 9, 2015 2:00pm
Friday, July 10, 2015 11:00am
Friday, July 10, 2015 2:00pm
Saturday, July 11, 2015 2:00pm
Saturday, July 11, 2015 5:00pm
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 11:00am
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 2:00pm
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 11:00am
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 2:00pm
Thursday, July 16, 2015 11:00am
Thursday, July 16, 2015 2:00pm
Friday, July 17, 2015 11:00am
Friday, July 17, 2015 2:00pm
Saturday, July 18, 2015 2:00pm
Saturday, July 18, 2015 5:00pm
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 11:00am
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 2:00pm
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 11:00am
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 2:00pm
Thursday, July 23, 2015 11:00am
Thursday, July 23, 2015 2:00pm
Friday, July 24, 2015 11:00am
Friday, July 24, 2015 2:00pm
Saturday, July 25, 2015 2:00pm
Saturday, July 25, 2015 5:00pm
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 11:00am
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 2:00pm
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 11:00am
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 2:00pm
Thursday, July 30, 2015 11:00am
Thursday, July 30, 2015 2:00pm
Friday, July 31, 2015 11:00am
Friday, July 31, 2015 2:00pm
Saturday, August 1, 2015 2:00pm
Saturday, August 1, 2015 5:00pm

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