A building with a special historical background and symbolism in Porto, the Carlos Alberto Theatre (is named after the king of Sardinia who died in Porto in 1849 while in exile) has been rehabilitated between 2000 and 2002, and subsequently assigned to the São João National Theatre, which is an organisation working under the Ministry of Culture and member of the Union of the Theatres of Europe.
The project designed by the architect Nuno Lacerda Lopes has the main purpose of completely rehabilitate this Theatre, which had been opened the first time in 1897.
The work in this theatre included the rehabilitation of some spaces and structural walls of masonry granite, as the front walls and the walls that surround the stage. All remaining space was remodelled with the construction of two new blocks in a mixed structure and two elevators.
The first floor is a wide area, with a lack of vertical elements other than the supporting pillars of the new superior superstructure. The coverage of the audience is maintained in respect of timber trusses.
All the equipment as is the scenic structure of the web and the technique galleries over the audience will be installed in a new steel structure.