The National Theatre is an architectural masterpiece and a cultural landmark located at Iganmu, in the heart of Lagos. It is easily accessible from every corner of the city.
Covering an area of about 23,000 square meters and standing well over 31 meters tall, the multipurpose National Theatre was established for the preservation, presentation and promotion of Arts and Culture in Nigeria.
The design for the existing National Theatre in Lagos was taken from the Palace of Culture and Sports in Varna, Bulgaria. The contract for its construction was signed on April 24, 1973, during Gen. Yakubu Gowon’s regime with the Bulgarian Construction Company called Technoexportsroy, the main constructors for the building of the complex.
This is a monumental structure peculiar to Lagos State Nigeria with very appropriately designed features. It is a unique national facility with great architectural design.
The Theater has a very beautiful environment and a very wide playing ground for both children and adults. There is also a nice and beautiful hall for events of all nature. It also has a bar, art galleries with horse riding also available.
Apart from providing a befitting venue for the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC 77) which Nigeria successfully hosted in January/February, 1977 and for which the National Theatre provided more than adequate venues, the complex is to be a rallying point for both Nigeria and international artistes wishing to share experience with their Nigerian counterparts.
Even though it had been in use since late 1975 it was formally opened by the then Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo on September 30, 1976, five months before FESTAC 77. Since then it has hosted a good number of international music concerts, dramas, film shows, symposia, exhibitions, conventions, workshops and even sports.
Between 1975, and July 2009, the National Theatre has been managed by six successive Administrators. In August 2009, a new General Manager assumed the headship of the National Theatre Management with a new vision.
The National Theater, Lagos is a nice place to visit, go and soak yourself with beers, pepper soup and other menu. Live band are also in supply.
It is a very magnificent place where variety of event centres as well as offices are located and plays host to so many events such as school debates, parties and so on.
The Theater also houses a lot of art galleries and art personalities like the studio of the renowned artist Bisi Fakeye, among others. It also received the applaud for the Centre of the largest Christmas Ttree for some time.
In all, the National Theatre Iganmu, Lagos is a centre of attraction and a tourist centre to behold, not forgetting its role in the event of the Festival of Arts and Culture of 1970s, as well as a perfect fit for the Centre for Black African Art and Culture (CBAAC).