5 of the many theatres to visit in Madrid
1) Microteatro Por Dinero
A new theatre concept, with a bar and 15-minute microplays, on a specific theme, which are performed in six different spaces for an audience of 15 people tops. This makes the theatre more accessible and more affordable, giving new authors and playwrights a break.
2) Teatro de la Zarzuela
Commissioned by the Spanish Opera Society and inaugurated on Isabel II’s birthday in 1856, this theatre was used for the performance of zarzuela. In 1984, the Spanish government took over the building. Now it also hosts performances by dance and flamenco companies.
3) Teatro Calderón
Probably one of the most beautiful buildings in Madrid because of its majestic exterior and interiors. It was inaugurated in 1917. Originally built for opera performances, the theatre can accommodate an audience of more than 1000 people. Nowadays international shows are staged here.
4) Teatro Lara
The theatre was commissioned in 1879 by Candido Lara, a self-made man who paid his way up in society. No expense was spared for this theatre, which was inspired by the Parisian Palais Royal. The very best and most expensive Spanish productions were performed on this stage and it is still very popular with theatre-goers today.
5) Teatros Luchana
The old Luchana made way for a new theatre, with several halls, that caters to all kinds of audiences. The programme changes continuously, with productions by young theatrical companies. This is the theatre to go to if you like alternative theatre and love to have many options to choose from.
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