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Corral de Comedias
The Corral de Comedias was built in 1601 and opened to the public one year later. Architectural masterpiece from the 17th Century, the former Cobblers Open-air Theater (Corral de Zapateros), is one of the oldest public theaters in the Western World. It stands as a neoclasic coliseum roofed in 1769, one of the first Romantic theaters, with a proscenium stage which is conserved in our country since 1831 and has the special feature of endowing the seating courtyard with its typical horseshoe shape.
As of 1945, the Corral was used as screening room for movie pictures (the popular "movie theatre"), closing down in 1971 in a most definitive way, due to its deteriorated state of abandonment, as it was only used as warehouse by that time.
In 1981, the Madrid Regional Government undertakes a thorough process of restoration and renovation of the theater.
Since 2005 onwards, the Teatro de La Abadía, comissioned by the Madrid City Council is in charge of the management and programming of the Corral de Comedias. This new stage opens the 2nd of April of that very same year, with the concert Musics of the Quixote (Músicas del Quijote)
by Jordi Savall. From then on, the Corral develops a continuos and multidisciplinary program of performances and events with the rigourness which distinguishes the established Teatro de La Abadía although considering the prominent features of this extraordinary historical building.