Theatre and dance in Madrid

  • Last chance

    The renowned dancer and choreographer performs 12 dance scenes, each representing a different flamenco style (Teatros del Canal - Sala Roja. Wed to Sun, 12-22 April).

    An Ode to Time - María Pagés
  • Una oda al tiempo

April & May highlights

International and Spanish companies put on shows that encompass all the performing arts (Various locations. 6-29 April).

Theatre, music and dance for babies, fostering the arts from infancy  (Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa - Sala Jardiel Poncela. Sat-Sun. 7 Apr-27 May).

The greatest rock songs played at a furiously loud concert (Teatro Calderón. Wednesday to Sundays. 11 Apr-6 May).

Ivor Bolton, the musical director of Madrid's opera house, conducts one of Benjamin Britten's least known works (Teatro Real. 12-24 April).

Three female violinists perform this unique show without dialogue, featuring music and intelligent humour (Teatros Luchana. Saturdays and Sundays. 7-29 April).

Hugo Pérez de la Pica presents a new musical show without any limits on song and flamenco (Teatro Tribueñe. Saturdays).

The famous television magician, Antonio Díaz, premieres his latest unprecedented magic and fantasy show (Teatro Rialto. Wednesday to Sunday).

Don't miss

Spain’s leading theatre festival is on one more time to illuminate the city of Madrid (Various locations. 19 Oct-21 Apr).

The Yllana company has produced this madcap classical music concert filled with comic sketches (Arlequín Gran Vía Teatro. Sat-Sun).

An incredible flamenco show that touches all of the styles that sustain this art (Madrid Flamenco Theatre at Teatro Alfil).

Last chance

A world premiere in Spanish and English based on a novel by the same name by William Blake (Naves Matadero. 14-22 April).

A production featuring four key works which summarise the repertoire of the German group (Teatro Real. 20-21 April).

A puppet show with black light that shows us the importance of taking care of our planet (Teatro Sanpol. 21 April).

The best artists are invited to the 10th Madrid Circus University Convention (Teatro Circo Price. 21 April).

The world's best juggler will be giving a short show for the first time in Madrid (Teatro Circo Price. 22 April).

Piece based on a dancer from the Forsythe Company (Teatros del Canal - Sala Negra. 29 April).

The best Chinese acrobats offer a fun and exciting spectacle (Teatro de la Luz Philips. 30 April).

The largest musical production ever seen in Spain. Over 85 million people around the world (Teatro Lope de Vega. Tuesdays to Sundays).

A musical in English starring Ted Neeley, the actor from the original film (Teatro de la Luz Philips. Tuesdays to Sundays. 2-13 May).

A celebratory performance which combines contemporary dance, flamenco and singing (Teatros del Canal - Sala Roja. 4-5 May).

A month full of activities related to flamenco and Spanish dance (Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa. 16 May-10 Jun).

This Japanese electronic music star offers a combination of music and art with a Japanese twist (Naves Matadero. 5 May).

The Teatro Lejo Company offers a family show with handmade puppets (Teatro Valle-Inclán. 5 and 6 May)

A crazy classical music concert with touches of humour and circus (Gran Teatro Bankia Príncipe Pío. 10 May).

Pablo Heras-Casado is directing the première of the first stage version of the classic Zimmermann opera (Teatro Real. 16, 19, 22, 24, 28 and 31 May and 3 June).

The Royal Ballet of Flanders presents three works by C. Pite and Cherkaoui (Teatros del Canal - Sala Roja. 19-20 May).

Comedy, jazz and traditional European opera infused with social criticism fill the stage of Madrid's opera house (Teatro Real. 26-30 May & 1 June).

A show which looks into death told through music and flamenco   (Teatro Cofidis. Wed to Sun. 27 May-1 July).

The flamenco dancer Eva Yerbabuena reflects on the essence and limits of flamenco (Teatro Español. 30 May-3 June).

Juan Domínguez rethinks the role of the audience and the performer (Teatros del Canal - Sala Negra. 30-31 May).

Coming this year
  • A flamenco show choreographed by the artist herself (Teatros del Canal - Sala Verde. 3 June).

    Olga Pericet - The thorn who wanted to be a flower or the flower…
  • England’s leading ballet company is to perform the classic Swan Lake (Teatro Real. 18-22 July).

    The Royal Ballet
  • Plácido Domingo and Ermonela Jaho star in the opera tragedy by Jules Massenet (Teatro Real. 26 July).

  • Five flamenco artists will be performing in a show brimming with art and emotion (Círculo de Bellas Artes. 16-17 June).

    Las Minas Flamenco Tour 2018
  • Premiere in Spain of the complete original version of one of the most important musicals of universal theatre (Teatro Calderón. Tuesday to Sunday. 3 Oct-2 Dec).

    West Side Story
  • World-class figure skaters led by Javier Fernández, fuse ice-skating with live music (Palacio Vistalegre Arena. 29 December).

    Revolution On Ice Tour 2018
  • Olga Pericet - La espina que quiso ser flor o la flor…
  • The Royal Ballet
  • Thäis
  • Las Minas Flamenco Tour
  • West Side Story
  • Revolution Ice On Tour
  • Metallica, Jason Derulo, Bob Dylan, Harry Styles, Sam Smith, Imagine Dragons, Thirty Second to Mars, Bruno Mars, Iron Maiden, KISS, U2...

    Unmissable concerts in 2018
  • Bruno Mars
Flamenco tablaos
  • Don't miss

    Regarded as the cathedral of Flamenco art, the famous tablao has hosted top Flamenco singers, guitarists and dancers.

    Corral de la Morería
  • Traditional food and the best live Flamenco go hand-in-hand in this Tablao restaurant, one of most famous of its kind in the city.

    Café de Chinitas
  • A unique Flamenco show combined with a tour of the country’s best regional food

    Las Carboneras
  • Flamenco singing, dancing and good food in one of the tablaos with the greatest variety in the capital.

    Casa Patas
  • One of the oldest flamenco bars in the world.

    Villa Rosa
  • Signature cuisine and the best Flamenco go hand-in-hand in this centrally located Flamenco tablao, one of the most well-known in the capital.

    Torres Bermejas
  • All types of Flamenco and the best tapas, plus puppets, storytellers and innovative theatre.

    Las Tablas
  • Historic flamenco house offering a show and a tasting menu with typical Spanish dishes open 365 days a year.  

  • Legendary flamenco bar where you can dance until sunrise.

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  • Candela
  • After playing for over 11 hugely successful years in London’s West End, the heart-warming musical has now taken Madrid by storm (Nuevo Teatro Alcalá. Tuesdays to Sundays)

    Billy Elliot, The Musical
  • Fela Domínguez, Iván Sánchez and Dani Tatay star in the musical based on the Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner film (Teatro Coliseum. Tuesday to Sunday).

    The Bodyguard
  • The largest musical production ever seen in Spain. Over 85 million people around the world (Teatro Lope de Vega. Tuesdays to Sundays).

    The Lion King (El Rey León)
  • Billy Elliot, el musical
  • El guardaespaldas
  • El Rey León
  • Take a peek at our selection of the most important events taking place this year and start planning your next visit!

    2018 Events Calendar
  • Clotilde sentada en un sofá, 1910. Óleo sobre lienzo. Museo Sorolla, Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura
  • Don’t miss the weekly changing of the guard (on Weds and Sat) and the special Solemn Change, which takes place on the first Wednesday of each month.

    Changing the Guard at the Royal Palace
  • Relevo solemne de la Guardia Real
  • Hop on board one the region's tourist trains and discover some magical places.

    Tourist Trains
  • El Tren de Felipe II
  • 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)
  • Max Beckmann. Quappi con suéter rosa. 1932 - 1934. ©VEGAP, Madrid