27th March observed as a World Theatre Day annually by ITI centres and international theatre community. The World Theatre Day is celebrated to underline importance of theatre arts and how they have played a significant role in the field of entertainment. It also raises awareness regarding changes which theatre brings in life.

Theatre arts

Since the Greeks, Theatre art is one of the most popular forms of entertainment. It comprises of various forms of fine arts which uses live performers, actors or actresses to present their performance before a live audience regarding real experience in a specific place or on the stage.

About the Day

World Theatre Day signifies the importance of theatre arts. The day highlights how theatre art plays an important role in the field of entertainment and how it brings changes in life.


International Theatre Institute started observing the World Theatre Day in the year 1961. Message for the day was written by Jean Cocteau in 1962. International Theatre Institute has more than 85 centres around the world. It encourages schools, colleges, and theatre professionals to celebrate the day.

Celebration of the Day

World Theatre Day is celebrated in several ways by 84 International Theatre Institute Centres across the world. The day is also celebrated by theatre professionals, theatres, theatre lovers, academics, theatre universities, and schools.

Author Message

Author of the Message of ‘World Theatre Day 2021’ is Helen Mirren who is one of the best-known and most respected actresses. Helen has an international career which spans screen, stage and television. Helen has won many awards for her powerful and versatile performances. She won the Academy Award for her performance in The Queen in the year 2007.

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