Teatro Real

The Teatro Real is reopening on 1 July.

You can also continue to enjoy their ballets and operas on their new online platform.


Madrid’s opera house, designed by the architect Antonio López Aguado during the reign of Queen Isabella I, was inaugurated in 1850 (although the first stone was laid on 23 April 1818). Located a stone's throw from Puerta del Sol, the building was one of Europe’s leading theatres for over 75 years, until it was deemed unsafe in 1925 and closed for 41 years. In 1966 it was reopened as a concert hall with the Spanish National Orchestra as its resident orchestra. In 1977 it was declared a National Monument and in 1997, after 7 years of extensive works, the Teatro Real once again became home to Madrid’s opera scene.

The building displays a combination of architectural styles. The theatre’s crown jewel, however, is its 1,472 m² stage area. This is the heart of the opera house and allows for very complex set changes thanks to its 18 articulated platforms which permit multiple combinations both on the stage and in the orchestra pit. With a seating capacity of between 1,748 and 1,854, depending on the staging requirements, the theatre features 28 boxes on its different floors, in addition to eight proscenium boxes and a double-height Royal Box.

The only floor devoted exclusively to the general public is ‘La Rotonda’, which completely encircles the building. On this floor are four large halls, each decorated in a different colour and housing artwork from National Heritage collections and the Prado Museum. Their lights were made especially for the theatre at the Royal Factory of La Granja.

Guided tours are available in a variety of languages. Visitors are taken to the public areas and artistic facilities of Teatro Real.

 Teatro Real
© Javier del Real (Teatro Real)
Teatro Real / Plaza de Isabel II
© Javier del Real (Teatro Real)
© Javier del Real (Teatro Real)
© Javier del Real (Teatro Real)
© Javier del Real (Teatro Real)
© Javier del Real (Teatro Real)
© Javier del Real (Teatro Real)

Pay car parking



Lockers / Cloakroom

Information points

Catering area


Guided tours


Shopping area


Physical Accesibility

Wheelchair users have an access ramp  at the Felipe V Door and ground level entrance y via the Carlos III Door, lifts for vertical routes and  lifting platforms to enter the hall.

  1. Adapted seats on all floors of the Theatre
  2. Possibility to acquire a companion’s set next to the wheelchair user.  
Hearing Accesibility

Thanks to FIAPAS, the Caja Madrid Special Foundation and magnetic loop technology, the Royal Theatre enables people with hearing impairments who use hearing aids and/or implants to listen to the music with better quality and, in general, improved sound reception.  

  1. Full cover for the seating capacity
  2. Possibility of individual receivers for the prostheses that need them.  
  3. Free Service
  4. More information, personalised service and lending of receivers at the ticket offices  

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Guided Tour Schedule: Check the relevant tour on the official website.

(+34) 91 516 06 60
(+34) 91 516 06 51
Ópera (L2, L5, R)
Sol (L1, L2, L3)
Local train (Cercanías): 
3, 75, 146, 147, 148

Check the official website for prices and types of guided tours available.