World Theatre Day is celebrated annually on March 27th by International Theatre Institute (ITI) centers and the international theatre community. It is celebrated to raise the importance of theatre arts, how they played an important role in the field of entertainment, and the changes that theatre brings in life.
World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the ITI. World Theatre Day Message was written by Jean Cocteau in 1962. Ever since each year on the 27th March (date of the opening of the 1962 “Theatre of Nations” season in Paris). ITI has more than 85 centers throughout the world; it also encourages colleges, schools, theatre professionals to celebrate this day. Every year, a playwright or a stage actor writes the ‘message’ for that year. This year’s message is written by actor and writer Helen Mirren. She is one of the best-known and most respected actresses with an international career that spans stage, screen, and television and has won many awards for her powerful and versatile performances, including the Academy Award in 2007 for her performance in The Queen.