Alternative Madrid

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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.


  • 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 del Arte. 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.
  • Teatro del Barrio. Calle de Zurita, 20. A theatre co-operative offering musical and theatrical performances, poetry recitals, training activities, and more.
  • 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.

    Naves Matadero–International Living Arts Centre
  • 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.

    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
  • 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)


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