The “Grand Theatre de Casablanca” will be inaugurated in September 2019, according to the project manager Casa Amenagement’s website.
Rabat – Casablanca’s new theater was due to be inaugurated in June 2019, but according to the project website, Casa Amenagement has delayed the inauguration date. The reasons for the delay are as yet unclear. According to Casa Amenagement, construction of the theater is 97% complete.
Construction of the theater began in 2014. Located in the Mohammed V plaza of Casablanca. When complete, the ambitious theater project will be “one of the most important cultural complexes in Africa and the Arab World” according to Casa Amenagement.
It is designed by the French architects Elizabeth and Christian de Portzamparc, in collaboration with Casablanca-based architect Rachid Andaloussi.
The building plans include two large theatre halls seating 1800 and 600 people, a music hall seating 300 people, practice rooms, meeting rooms, cafes, a restaurant, a gift shop, and an underground parking below the Mohammed V plaza.
The project is estimated at MAD 1.44 billion (approximately $150 million), and was funded by the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior, the Hassan II fund for Economic and Social Development, the general State budget, the Casablanca Commune, and the Casablanca Regional Council.
Once complete, the Grand Theatre de Casablanca will not be Morocco’s only landmark cultural space. The Grand Theatre of Rabat is also under construction and due to be completed in 2019.
Designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, the project includes an 1800 seat theater, an open air theater for 7000 people, rehearsal spaces and a restaurant seating 350 people. The project is valued at MAD 1.3 billion (approximately $135 million).