Madrid: Teatro de La Comedia!

So again, going over some older posts for updates and revisions of text and proper pictures, my surprise is that I have found pieces missing from the blog on some of the nicest buildings encounter in my long list of travel sites. And, even more in my dear Madrid itself! Surprises indeed, and just love this time of updates as some gems do come out from the vault. One of this is the comedy theater or Teatro de La Comedia in Madrid!

Let me tell you a bit about it on one of the nicest streets of Madrid! Love the architecture and the history of it even if not been inside.

The Teatro de la Comedia or Comedy Theater was inaugurated on Calle del Príncipe,14 in 1875 and rebuilt in 1915 after a devastating fire. In 1986 it was designated the headquarters of the National Classical Theater Company and in 1999 it was acquired, with another five floors of the same building, by the Ministry of Culture of Spain. After this reform, the room has 630 seats; in addition, it has a new room with 100 seats, called “Tirso de Molina”.

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It was inaugurated by king Alfonso XII on September 18, 1875 with a representation of the work El espejo de cuerpo entero or the full-length mirror, starring Emilio Mario. On March 23, 1914, a conference by José Ortega y Gasset called «Vieja y Nueva Política», or old and new politics took place in the theater, which served as a presentation ceremony for the League of Political Education. Between December 10 and 18, 1919, a congress of the National Labor Confederation was held, in which it was decided that the organization would join the Communist International. On October 29, 1933, José Antonio Primo de Rivera delivered the founding speech of the Spanish Falange, in which he established the bases of the Jose Antonio thoughts.

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During the 20C, the Teatro de La Comedia represented the best classics of the Golden Age and of authors such as Benavente, Galdós, Dicenta, the Álvarez Quintero and Moratín. After a long spell of reconstruction after going thru a fire it was reopened for the 2015/2016 season, by the National Classical Theater Company. The result of the rehabilitation of the theater was spectacular. Improvements were made in the recovery of spaces and created new facilities. Especially shocking is the elevation of the stage. The most relevant of the interventions in the historic building have been the restoration of the canvas on the ceiling, the replacement of all the decorative paintings in the room, the restoration of all the balcony railings and stairways. The new chapter of the Teatro de la Comedia is made with the premiere of the emblematic work of Calderón, «El alcalde de Zalamea». Or the mayor of Zalamea. The theatre is located at Calle del Principe 14 .metro Sevilla line 2 or Sol line 1, 2, 3 ,and Cercanias trains C3 and C4.

Taken further information from the official webpage translated at best by yours truly we have a bit on the history I like

The Teatro de La Comedia was laid out on three floors and a stalls with a horseshoe-shaped floor plan, arranged in the Italian style, with entrance on Calle del Príncipe for spectators, and on Calle de la Gorguera (today Calle Núñez de Arce) for loading and unloading. The interior was built with wide corridors and two sections of stairs, to the right and left of the room, for access to the upper floors. It consists of twelve boxes per floor, six on each side, separated from each other by a partition with an Arabic arch and cast iron parapets. The greatest novelty in its decoration and structure was the abundant use of cast iron and wrought iron elements to replace wood, which provided a feeling of greater lightness to the whole.

The stage was small in size and without additional spaces for large assemblies, but it incorporated very important security measures for the time, which included a metal fire curtain and a lighting regulation system that was replaced in 1887 by electric lighting. The floor of the room, made of wood, had a curious mechanism that allowed the steepest part to be raised and aligned with the stage, so that it could also be used as a dance hall. The decoration, of Arabic inspiration, with certain reminiscences of the Alhambra, very much to the taste of the time, was made in white and gold, with the exception of the armchairs, upholstered in red velvet. The curtain that closed the stage that represented the Temple of Immortality and in which poets, actors and established playwrights appeared, such as Calderón, Cervantes, Moratín, Julián Romea and the Duke of Rivas, among others.

The official webpage of the Teatro de La Comedia: http://teatroclasico.mcu.es/

The Madrid tourist office on the Teatro de La Comedia in English: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/teatro-de-la-comedia

There you go folks another piece of my Madrid that I had left out for some reason unexplainable but finally given the credit it deserves in my blog. Hope you enjoy it and do wait for the arts in Madrid!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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