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Actor in theater Royal Coliseum Carlos III


The Royal Coliseum Carlos III of San Lorenzo de El Escorial celebrates its 250th anniversary with a special program. Theater, music, cinema and contemporary art will fill its seats until December 11, don't miss it!

This great space, dating from 1771, is the oldest indoor theater in the country and the only one of its kind that is still active. It was the court theater of King Carlos III and, during its long history, important playwrights have walked its stage, such as Jacinto Benavente. It also functioned as a large cinema screening room during the 20th century. 

To commemorate this long and rich history as an artistic center, the orchestra Camerata Antonio Soler, specialized in the care and recovery of the best of our heritage, will perform "L'impresa d'opera" on December 4. An opera directed by Gustavo Sánchez and with an original libretto by Guglielmi that premiered in 1771 in the first season of the Real Coliseo. Get ready to enjoy this amusing Neapolitan piece that tells an authentic story of entanglements and, in addition, discover a historical jewel of this art.

On December 11 it will be the turn of La Zaranda, the national company that presents "La Batalla de los ausentes", an allegory of the constant battle of life. Also humorous but with a quixotic touch, epic but clumsy, it tells the story of three combatants who, to commemorate the old glory of a battle, want to carry out one last heroic gesture. Paco de la Zaranda directs this piece that, beyond its setting, wants to function as a metaphor for the present day.

On the same day 11, before the performance, the short film "El espíritu del teatro" will be screened. Directed by Pablo Barrón and starring Carlos Hipólito, it has been filmed expressly for this celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Real Coliseo.

There is no better way to enjoy the theater than in one of the heritage jewels of our region, come to the Real Coliseo!


More information: 250th anniversary of the Real Coliseo Carlos III theater

Image credits: Royal Coliseum Carlos III of San Lorenzo de El Escorial © Region of Madrid