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Corral de Comedias Theatre, Alcalá de Henares

Dating back to the early 17th century, this outwardly unassuming Alcalá theatre has seen some amazing history.

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Corral de Comedias Theatre, Alcalá de Henares

On the boards at Spain's oldest working theatre.

It may not look like all that much from the outside but the interior of this restored and working theatre on Alcala's main plaza is very much worth a visit; it is both Spain's oldest theatre and one of the oldest in Europe. Designed by Francisco Sánchez and built in 1601-02, the Corral de Comedias has undergone various changes over the centuries: a roof was added in the 18th century, in the 19th century theatre boxes were installed and during the 20th century it was used as a cinema. It was then closed for more than 20 years until its restoration and rebirth as a theatre/museum. Some of its productions are even of interest to non-Spanish speakers and guided tours are open to all).



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