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  • 2017 Ringling International Arts Festival • October 18-21

    Experience the brilliance of internationally-acclaimed musicians, actors, and dancers.

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  • The Historic Asolo Theater

    Music, theater, and dance all come alive in a jewel box setting built for a queen.

  • Under a Queen’s Watchful Eye

    Brought to Sarasota by visionary Museum Director Chick Austin, every object in the Historic Asolo has been carefully and lovingly restored.

  • When the Curtain Rises

    From the classics to the experimental, the Historic Asolo Theater is at the heart of arts and culture in Sarasota.

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Historic Asolo Theater

The lights go down, a hush falls over the audience and the curtain rises on Sarasota's most storied theater. U-shaped, with three tiers of boxes, this architectural gem provides a rare sense of intimacy between audience and performer that adds so much to the theater going experience. Created in Asolo, Italy in 1798, brought to Sarasota in the early 1950s and painstakingly restored in 2006, the Historic Asolo Theater is one of the most beloved objects in The Ringling collection.

The Historic Asolo Theater is open for public viewing during select hours. Please inquire at the Visitor Services desk upon arrival for available times. A short documentary of the Historic Asolo Theater, is available for viewing in the Visitor Pavilion, directly outside the theater entrance.

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