Valletta’ open-air theatre Pjazza Teatru Rjal could be fitted with a permanent roof, restoring it to the building it once was before it was destroyed by the Luftwaffe 77 years ago.
During the 2020 Budget, the government announced a public consultation on the roofing of the theatre and confirmed discussions are ongoing in this regard with Renzo Piano, the famed Italian architect behind the Valletta City Gate upgrade a few years ago.
Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja is also expected to be an ambassador of this project.
The theatre, originally known as the Royal Opera House, was erected in 1866 but was destroyed by Luftwaffe bombers during the Second World War. It remained a shell until 2013, when it was reopened as the Pjazza Teatru Rjal as part of Piano’s project.
A roof will protect theatre performances from wind and rain and will give peace of mind to Valletta residents who feel aggrieved by loud sounds late at night.