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The Madrid theatre scene is a small energized theatrical community, with a refreshed sense of culture. Madrid in itself is a rich area for theatre lovers, flamenco and musical aspects of art. What makes the city of Madrid all the more theatre friendly is that all the theatres are within a mile's distance from each other. Madrid theatre events range from traditional plays and musicals to modern performing arts and there is always something available for everyone. It is not just restricted to the theatre but also encouraged through top performing art centers, theatre workshops, and other such means.
The Madrid theatre culture has been represented in many forms. Madrid theatres shows range from Spanish classics (usually Golden Age 16th or 17th century drama) that are performed throughout the year by the Spanish Classical Theatre Company Teatro Clásico , at the Pavón Theatre to the Modern Classics that are usually staged by the National Theatre Company (Centro Dramático Nacional) (CDN) at their venues María Guerrero and Sala Princesa and Valle-Inclán. If one is seeking for a combination of classical and contemporary writing, they must attend theatres such as Teatro Abadía. Alternately, there are plenty of good little unpretentious venues, that may surprise you, such as Cuarta Pared – Pradillo – El canto de la cabra – Triángulo. Maybe not all shows broadcasted will catch the eye, but the experience aspect of the same is golden to any theatre lover. To enquire about listings, it is advised to buy a newspaper like El País, which contains a full weekly program with opening times and prices. Some of the classic performances that one must catch irrespective are the Microteatro por dinero - a show held for a small audience and for a small duration, and Teatro Real - which is the opera house in Madrid and that holds weekly opera shows.
The best place to enjoy the best musicals in Madrid is Gran Vía street, where you will find plenty of theatres staging world-class musicals. One of the most famous musicals that one ought to catch is The Lion King and The Sound of Music, as much as these are classics, in the theatres of Madrid they have a little Spanish element of their own. The Rialto, Lope de Vega and Teatro Coliseum are some of the best-known theatres on Gran Vía street. In addition, it is also recommended that one visits The Teatro Caser Calderón next to Sol and Tirso Molina. For someone looking to get a local flavor, they should visit the “Teatro de Zarzuela” where you can see one of the traditional typical Spanish operetta called Zarzuela.
For those people who are interested in performing arts in Madrid and especially the Spanish classics, the Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico, is a troupe whose performance one should not miss. Their works also include works by the ever-popular Lope de Vega and Tirso de Molina. The Ballet Flamenco Antonio Canales, offers spirited high-energy performances and are a must watch. Due to the widespread culture, Madrid also boasts of many quality performing art schools such as Acting School of Performing Acts, that hold classes for all ages or the Agora International School, Madrid or even the RESAD that is known to be one of the best dramatic arts academy.
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