The building is showing its age, having been completed originally in 1872, and problems include a leaky roof and the crumbling red brick facade.
The festival sponsors will fund a master renovation plan which should be available in March. A figure of 20 million Euros was an earlier estimate of needed repairs. The original wooden interior of the stage and auditorium area has been replaced by concrete and steel in the 1960s.
imade_description=Wagner-Festspielhaus in Bayreuth
product_title=Bayreuth’s Festspielhaus Needs Repairs
product_by=By Frank Cadenhead