site.bta Heavy Storm in Sofia Causes Damage to National Theatre Worth Millions
Tuesday's heavy storm in Sofia has caused damages to the Ivan Vazov National Theatre worth millions of leva, the theatre's management told BTA. The damages are being assessed by a commission appointed by the theatre's Director, Vassil Vassilev.
The audience of a play had to be evacuated on Tuesday during the storm, but no one was injured or at risk, sources from the theatre said.
The building has not seen any major reconstruction in 46 years, while it underwent only cosmetic repairs four years ago, which cost a few million leva and only hid the blemishes out of sight, actors said. According to them, the building is a cultural monument and is unique. It has serious problems that must be fixed with very serious repairs, which the theatre's employees hope will be carried out by the Government. Such repairs would be unaffordable for the theatre.
The theatre's management said they have done everything necessary to ensure the theatre's normal work, the comfort of the audience and actors.
The theatre's staff is worried about the upcoming winter season and insist on initial emergency repairs, followed by a major overhaul later on.