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


  • Naves del Español en Matadero. Paseo de la Chopera, 14. This municipal cultural centre has become one of the nerve centres of the performing arts in Madrid, supporting innovation in drama, dance or circus.
  • 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.


More info: Fringe theatre in Madrid


  • A theatre space inside the old slaughterhouse complex designed by Jean Guy Lecat and managed by Teatro Español. See the official 2022/2023 programme.

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

    La Neomudéjar
  • Unique building dedicated to innovation and the dissemination of new technologies, located in the district of Villaverde.

    La Nave (former Boetticher lift factory)
  • Cooperative theatre and an artistic, political and cultural platform.

    Teatro del Barrio
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  • La Neomudéjar
  • 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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