The Acco Theatre Center (ATC) is located in the beautiful facilities offered by the Knights Halls in Old Acre. The ATC was founded in 1983 by a group of artists who came from the center of Israel to Acre to take part in the Acre Festival.
The Center's founders had two main goals: to create an original Israeli theatrical language and to work with the community. Over the years, the Center's staff developed a unique, groundbreaking, innovative language that is esteemed both in Israel and abroad. The Center's plays are in demand at the world's most prestigious festivals and have won numerous prizes. Jewish and Arab artists work together at the Center in total harmony, thereby embodying the essence of coexistence. Plays such as "Arbeit Macht Frei", "Memories of the Second Generation", "Arab Dream" and "WishUponAStar" have left their mark on the global theater arena.
Tour of the Old Acre Theater
Throughout the years, in collaboration with the Old Acre Development Company and simultaneously with its theatrical productions, the Acco Theater Center has been producing and running historical colorful historical plays blending history and theater and enabling the tourist to get a concrete taste of the local history.
"Tour Theater" – Napoleon, Ahmad el-Jazzar, Salah ad-Din and Crusader knights return to life throughout Old Acre and in the Knights' Halls.
The public joins them for a theatrical tourist tour that blurs the boundaries between reality and imagination; reality becomes imagination and vice versa. The City of Acre and its heroes are born anew, thereby making the tourist tour an unforgettable experience.
Between the Walls
This is a magical theatrical journey through the alleys of Old Acre which ensconce 5,000 years of history. Napoleon Bonaparte – the French ruler who was not able to conquer Acre – sets out to look for his hat which was thrown between the walls before he withdrew from Acre. "If I failed to conquer Acre, at least my hat will make history".
During his journey, Napoleon meets historical figures from different phases in Acre's history. The culminating event is the encounter between Napoleon and Turkish leader Ahmad el-Jazzar who banished Napoleon from Acre. This is a sweeping, experiential and moving play in which the audience plays an active part. The play features six actors playing different parts.
Treasures in the wall
Various characters breathe new life into the collector's items exhibited in the Ethnography Museum through their personal stories. The audience blends into the show through the personal experiences of each of the tour participants. The show is held in the Ethnography Museum, which was built in a splendid space within the eastern wall which boasts unique and rare collector's items.
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