Teatro de la Zarzuela

Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid: Hours, Address, Teatro de la Zarzuela Reviews: 4.5/5

Teatro de la Zarzuela
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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The area
Neighborhood: Paseo del Prado
The area around the elegant Paseo del Prado boulevard is much-visited by both locals and tourists. The world-famous Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums form a triangle of art and culture that spans this grand and beautiful avenue. On weekdays, the Prado Museum opens its doors for free after-work hours, drawing a diverse and excited queue of art lovers that wraps around the block. Palacio de Cibeles and Círculo de Bellas Artes cultural centers are other artsy hangouts to check out, with rooftop bars that provide impressive views of the city. While the Paseo del Prado and its roundabouts form a busy throughway in Madrid, a broad green pedestrian park in the middle is a calm and gorgeous place for a relaxing stroll. Just east of the museums, the Retiro Park is always a confluence of activity as families and friends of all ages take to the pretty paths and lawns to stretch their legs or to have a picnic.
How to get there
  • Sevilla • 3 min walk
  • Banco de España • 4 min walk
Popular mentions

146 reviews
Very good

Rochester, NY1,074 contributions
In Search of Cecilia Valdés
Jan 2020 • Friends
A gem of a theater with that old flavor of European elegance of yesteryears.

We came from NYC to the Premiere of the Cuban Zarzuela “ Cecilia Valdes”.
Our excitement was shared by the packed theater.

The theater is intimate enough for this kind of Genre.
A horseshoe shaped upper area all in Red Velvet and Gold.
A giant Chandeliers hangs from the center of the ceiling inside the Auditorium.
A smaller chandelier hangs in the Lobby of the Theater.

The acoustic is good and so was the viewing from our seats.

I hope to come back to enjoy more Zarzuelas in the not so distant future.
Written February 22, 2020
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Carol F
47 contributions
Operate in Madrid
Oct 2019 • Couples
Put the Teatro Dr la Zarzuela in your schedule when in Madrid. Just saw El Caserio in this beautiful theatre. There were subtitles in English! Wednesdays are half price. Superb singing, staging and totally enjoyable entertainment.
Written October 16, 2019
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Sacramento, CA69 contributions
Passionate Audience, Elegant Theatre, and Lovely Music!
May 2019 • Couples
From what I read, zarzuela is a type of light opera that is specific to Madrid. I got a bee in my bonnet that we *HAD* to see a performance of this and picked Doña Francisquita, a classic from the 1920s (Placido Domingo even did this zarzuela in the U.S.).

Purchasing tickets from their website was straightforward. We picked a box seat (€42, €21 Half price for 65 and older) and were thrilled with the location. [Specifics: Zona: Palco (box) 6 1⁰ Piso (floor), Fila (Row): 0001, Asiento (Seat): 0003 and 4] We could easily see the action on stage, but just as easily people-watch the entire audience.

The theater was fabulous, like a smaller version of The Met in NYC. A gorgeous chandelier overhead and plush, comfy red seats. We were in a box with four other people which made a convivial atmosphere during intermissions. At our first intermission, we ventured into the bar area where they served bocadillo (Spanish sandwiches) and other small noshes along with the usual drinks. The service was efficient, getting us back to our seats in time for Act 2.

As for the performance itself, the first act started and we kept hearing talking from the audience. Confused by this, at intermission we asked our seatmates what was going on. It seems there is an old guard who doesn’t like change in the zarzuela world and felt that what we were watching was “too radical” in its changes from a traditional to a modern time period, including added dialog. When Act 2 started, there was full-out yelling at the stage, “This isn’t zarzuela” and “You ruined it” (in Spanish, of course). People walked out. I must admit, this audience drama added to the THRILLING atmosphere for us. The actors and singers were doing their best and sounded lovely, but they ultimately couldn’t tame this crowd. We enjoyed our night but left at the second intermission.

I can easily recommend this Madrid experience, including the elegant theater, lovely music, and especially the passionate audience.
Written July 11, 2019
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Buenos Aires, Argentina904 contributions
OLE! (Must Go!)
Dec 2018 • Friends
Wonderful place, it has the precise dimension to listen and see perfectly from anywhere.
I left the theater even more in love of the Spanish stage art: what a beautiful demonstration of all the native rhythms ... it was breathless & I was thrilled by the gypsy singing and laments.
I have the firm conviction that any show mounted in this beautiful location can not deceive.
Written February 27, 2019
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Albany, NY366 contributions
Wonderful production
Oct 2017 • Friends
Wonderful production of El Cantor de Mexico in a beautiful old theatre. The sets were beautiful the singing was good choreography spot on and the music and orchestra were exceptional! Loved every minute. Only negatives are that since it is an older theatre the seats are a bit uncomfortable and if you don't speak Spanish you have to get a seat where you see the screen which is a bit high up. All in all an enjoyable evening and should not be missed.
Written October 26, 2017
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Madrid, Spain34 contributions
A wonderful option for your visit to Madrid
Oct 2017 • Couples
If you are lucky enough to visit Madrid during theater season, going to see a show at this theater could be one of the highlights of your visit. The program consists mostly of Zarzuela, dance by the National Ballet of Spain, and other carefully chosen shows. Zarzuela, in case you are not familiar with it, is a intimately Spanish cultural tradition that can have pure operatic arias, a little of operetta, and also musical theater. Often, it is a mix of all of them, with a little drop of "camp" that adds to its charm. The music and dancing, depending on the production, is very Spanish, and attending a Zarzuela is a perfect way of getting introduced to the Spanish performance arts, including listening to a large live orchestra, singing, great dancing, and sophisticated production values. It is a National theater, and its productions are very carefully chosen and crafted. Not to mention that it is a beautiful theater, itself worth a visit. Very recommended.
Written October 15, 2017
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Goliath Returns
Ely, UK458 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
A theatre which originally featured magnificent works by the painters Francisco Hernández Tomé and Manuel Castellanos on the ceiling, but these were destroyed in renovations and structural changes that were made in 1956 and despite being remodelled, restoring much of the original structure and form in 1998, it'll never been what it once was.
Written August 15, 2017
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Ana-Maria Z
Philadelphia200 contributions
Breaks my heart, but I can't rate this highly. Interesting though!
May 2017
My grandmother was addicted to zarzuela (light comic operetta) and so I pounced on the opportunity to go. I was glad I went, but need to set expectations. It was "corny" and the singing heavily miked -- more like a "farce" of the old style. I suspect it was authentic, but there were lots of tourists and (thank goodness) surtitles. But...it was worth going if you wanted a taste of the popular, but per se, not sure I would take friends again.
Written May 26, 2017
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Charlie B
San Francisco, CA98 contributions
True Spanish Theater
May 2017 • Family
We saw a zarzuela here last night. The theater is small and beautiful-- a classic old theater. The performance was inventive and professional. The costumes and staging were also very creative, if not a little over the top. Zarzuela is a comedic genre and while some jokes were lost on us, the mostly local crowd around us was laughing throughout. The performance had subtitles in both English and Spanish, so we were able to follow along the story and songs. The story itself (two zarzuelas woven into one-- Ensanaza Libre & La Gatita Blanca) was a bit disjointed, but I'm glad I went to experience this truly unique art form. We bought reduced visibility seats and paid 11 euros instead of 44 euros. We were in the 1st row of the balcony, so we could see most everything, but we could not see what was happening immediately under us (the stage for this performance was set up where the main seating area would be). This did not bother us too much since this was mostly side action that was mimicked on the other side that we could see.
Written May 22, 2017
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Qatar237 contributions
Ballet Nacional Don Quijote
Dec 2016 • Family
We saw the Don Quijote Ballet and it was superb,
The music and the dancing was exceptional.
The theater it self is quite beautiful too.
Written January 26, 2017
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