Cyprus Theatre Museum
THE HISTORY OF THE THEATRE MUSEUM
In 1987, Nikos S. Nikolaides, an optician by profession and an amateur actor, donated his rare theatre archive to the Municipality of Lemesos. By doing so he laid the foundation stone for the establishment of the Cyprus Theatre Museum.
From a very young age and until his death, Nikos S. Nikolaides (1909-1989) systematically collected material relating to theatre and its activities in Cyprus. His decision to bequeath this important collection to the Municipality of Lemesos was the beginning of joint efforts carried out by the Municipality of Lemesos and the Cyprus Theatre Organisation for the establishment of a Theatre Museum, which would preserve the history of theatre in Cyprus.
In 1989, two years after Nicolaides’ donation, the process of finding a suitable site which would house the Cyprus Theatre Museum began. After Panos Solomonides’ generous donation to the Municipality of Lemesos, the Kouvas printing factory was purchased, which was gradually transformed into the the Panos Solomonides Cultural Centre that opened its doors in 2010. Today, this venue houses the Cyprus Theatre Museum, which, apart from the collection of Nikos S. Nikolaides, also includes Giorgos Filis’ archive with material of the Organisation for the Development of Theatre (OTHAK), Giorgos Vatyliotis’ photographic archive, material belonging to the Cyprus Theatre Organisation, as well as exhibits from many theatre professionals and companies that donated or lent various objects from their unique collections.Printed material, costumes, scale models, props, set and costume designs, as well as photographs and posters constitute the exhibits of the permanent collection of the Cyprus Theatre Museum, giving visitors the opportunity to take a virtual tour in the island’s history of theatre.
THE THEMATIC SECTIONS OF THE MUSEUM
CYPRUS THEATRE MUSEUM