Alternative Madrid

  • Naves Matadero. Centro internacional de artes vivas
  • On stage
  • Art
  • Innovation
  • Eating out
  • Clothing stores / Concept Store

Alongside Madrid’s big theatres and concert halls, there’s a good number of venues staging more intimate or fringe shows in town.


  • Sala El Montacargas. Calle de Antillón, 19. A former candy factory converted to a centre for experimental art and innovation in the popular district of Puerta del Ángel.
  • Teatro de las Culturas. Calle de San Cosme y San Damián, 3. Housed in a former greenhouse, this theatre recycles the place of past theatrical experiences, kindling the fire of innovation in the heart of Lavapiés.
  • La Escalera de Jacob. Calle de Lavapiés, 9. As it grows older, this venue continues to be equally curious about the world of mentalists and magicians, theatre plays for kids and improvisational theatre.​ 
  • Microteatro Por Dinero. Calle de Loreto y Chicote, 9. A cluster of tiny halls where the performers are at arm’s length from the audience. An extraordinary sensory experience for all ages. An old reformed brothel where a group of artists decided to set up short plays inspired by prostitution in their rooms. In this way the idea of the consumption of art is pursued.
  • Teatro del Barrio. Calle de Zurita, 20. This cooperative theatre project also offers music, poetry, training... An initiative promoted by actor, director and performer Alberto San Juan, as well as economists Mario Sánchez and Gerardo Domínguez, and architects Iñaki Alonso and Paloma Domínguez.
  • Guindalera Escena Abierta. Calle de Martínez Izquierdo, 20. The recipient of multiple awards, this is a venue for intimate shows, followed by a talk with the performers over a glass of cherry liqueur.


More info: Fringe theatre in Madrid

  • Theatrical space designed by Jean Guy Lecat in the Matadero complex. CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

    Naves del Español en Matadero
  • The Madrid avant-garde has taken hold in this space, which radiates artistic innovation.

    La Neomudéjar
  • A key space in Madrid for citizens' artistic experimentation and cultural participation. CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

    MediaLab Prado
  • Building dedicated to innovation and the dissemination of new technologies located in the district of Villaverde.

    La Nave (antigua Fábrica Boetticher)
  • Cooperative theatre and an artistic, political and cultural platform.

    Teatro del Barrio
  • A multidisciplinary space dedicated to emerging art in Barrio de Salamanca.

    La Fresh Gallery
  • naves matadero
  • MediaLab Prado
  • La N@ve Villaverde
  • Teatro del Barrio
  • If you like a challenge, then get ready to battle your way out of one of Madrid's locked rooms in less than an hour!  

    Escape Rooms
  • Fox in a Box (Cuesta de Santo Domingo)
  • Un paseo por las galerías de arte de Madrid


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