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Teatro Real
Emblematic places

The site occupied today by the Teatro Real was known long ago as Los Caños del Peral, a public washing place. In 1708, the City Council of Madrid built a theatre there, which closed down nine years later. That building was demolished in 1816 to make way for a new opera house, which finally came to open its doors in 1859, presenting Donizetti's La Favorite. By 1925 this facility had fallen into very poor condition, however, and had to be closed as well. A number of reforms followed and the Teatro Real was to wait until 1997 to be inaugurated once and for all. The most striking feature of the latest remodelling as seen from the outside is the new roof, designed to accommodate the air conditioning system. The Italian-style auditorium has a capacity of 1,750 spectators and is generally considered one of the best worldwide for its excellent acoustics. The monumental lamp in the centre is a beautifully crafted piece weighing over two tonnes. The stage, which is 60 metres tall and has an area of 1,472 square metres, is divided into nine vertically mobile and four horizontally mobile platforms.

Contact information:

Plaza de Isabel II s/n
T: 91 516 06 00

Time table: Tickets sale: 10am.-2pm.