Teatro das Figuras is part of the Eunice Ageas Network

Theater of Figures (Faro) will replace TEMPO – Portimão Municipal Theater

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The Theater of Figures, in Faro, is the new Municipal Theater chosen to integrate the Eunice Ageas Network over the next three programming seasons, until 2024, replacing TEMPO – Municipal Theater of Portimão, which was part of this network for the circulation of spectacles of the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II since the 2017-2018 season.

Teatro das Figuras thus joins the Center for Performing Arts of Portalegre, the Cultural Center of Cartaxo and the Municipal Theater of Bragança, the three municipal theaters that have been part of this project since the 2019-2020 season.

«Since the first moment that belonging to the Eunice Ageas Network has been a goal of Teatro das Figuras and it is with great satisfaction and a sense of responsibility that we face this partnership with the network and with the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II. Integrating this network will enable the public not only to Faro, but also from the region, to have access to a series of shows acquired by the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II of enormous technical and artistic quality», stresses Paulo Santos, chairman of the Board of Directors.

"We hope that this partnership is the beginning of a path that we intend to walk together", he adds.

Launched in 2016, and sponsored by actress Eunice Muñoz, the Eunice Ageas Network is an initiative of the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, developed in partnership with municipal theaters, with the purpose of «strengthening a quality theatrical offer to territories if it detects a potential for development of audiences», says the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II.

Since 2019, the network has had the support of the Ageas Portugal Group, one of the main security groups in Portugal, with the objective of expanding the theatrical offer in increasingly wider geographies.

«It is with great satisfaction that we welcome Teatro das Figuras, which is now part of the Eunice Ageas Network, a project of great importance for the National Theater D. Maria II with regard to its mission of decentralization and promotion of reach increasingly extensive national theatrical activity», refers Pedro Penim, artistic director of Teatro Nacional D. Maria II .

«We hope that the audience of Faro, and from the Algarve, go to the theater, joining the thousands of spectators who have already watched shows all over the country», explains the artistic director.

Teresa Thöbe, responsible for External Communication and Branding at the Ageas Portugal Group, comments that “it is a pride to be able to contribute to the cultural development of the district of Faro and having the possibility of taking great shows, found by the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, to the public in the south of the country».

“We essentially hope that they enjoy the show and that they never forget that there is more life and a future where there is art and culture”, he stresses.

The Eunice Ageas Network currently comprises a total of four municipal theaters, which presents up to three shows per year, found or co-produced by D. Maria II.

Each theater is part of this network for a period of three programming seasons and, at the end of this period, candidacies are opened to make room for a new municipal theatre, thus guaranteeing a regular, consistent and diversified presence of the Theater in the national territory.

Over five years, seven municipal theaters have already been part of the Eunice Ageas Network, sharing a total of 16 different shows, covering several spectators in various regions of the country.

In this 2021-2022 season, the Eunice Ageas Network will have three shows in circulation – a production by D. Maria II and two co-productions: O Professor Inesquecível, a show by Pedro Gil that debuts at Sala Garrett of D. Maria II this week ; Madalena, with artistic direction by Sara de Castro, who was already on stage at D. Maria II in January of this year; and “Última Hora”, a comedy by Rui Cardoso Martins staged by Gonçalo Amorim, premiered at D. Maria II in 2020.