Almeida Garrett’s chair is the only truly rare item, as far as this important Portuguese writer for the theatre is concerned, that the National Theatre Museum possesses in its collections.
And, as the year of 1999, the last year of the millennium, marked the 200th anniversary of Almeida Garrett’s birth, a celebration was called for.

Even if these had not taken place, Garrett will always be honoured as one of the most important personalities of Portuguese theatre, excepting perhaps Gil Vicente, the only writer who can compete with him as a major personality in that field.
Therefore, a small exhibition was put on around that chair, just as Garrett reminded us that Xavier de Miaste, because he lived in a cold climate, made a voyage around his room.

And around the chair were grouped engravings, documents, publications, rare editions, theatre costumes, models of stage sets, costume designs, photographs of actors and actresses, a video film, and several souvenirs of Garrett and of his time.

                        Imagem de Almeida GarrettCadeira de Almeida Garrett, séc. XIXPormenor de litografia para leque representando o Rossio com o Teatro D. Maria II, meados do século XIX