A witness of the history of Madrid, the Teatro Español was originally a medieval space where small shows took place and pieces were premiered that would later become great classics of our literature. The same space that is occupied today in the Literary Quarter held shows in the Teatro Español at the end of the 16th century.
Since then, after suffering various incarnations, in 1802 a large fire barely left the façade standing. It was then decided to reconstruct it, entrusting the task to Juan de Villanueva. Under the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera, Pablo Aranda made significant improvements to the marble and brought the technical facilities of the theater up to date.
In 1933, during the Second Republic, the Teatro Español became a National Theater, within an ample program of socio-cultural reformations. The arrival of the democracy coincided with another fire in the theatee. Rehabilitated again, in 1980 it returned to the hands of the City Hall of Madrid, its historical owner. It then annexed the building next to it, a third of the current total surface of the theater, which is used for very diverse applications. The last large refurbishment of Teatro Español (the 14th!) was in 1995.
The Teatro Español (Spanish Theatre) offers hour-long guided tours of the stalls, the boxes, the stage, the mayor’s box, the king’s box and private rooms, the tearoom, the Tirso de Molina room and even the chandelier that hangs from the top of the ceiling.
Depends on the show.
Tues - Sun: 11.30am - 1.30pm / 5pm until the start of the show.
Times and prices of the guided tours:
Tuesday - Friday 12 noon
General admission: €3.
Children under 16 and seniors over 65: €1.
Unemployed persons: free
Tickets can be purchased at the box office
Box office hours: 11:30am–1:30pm
Box office phone number: 91 360 1484
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