Teatro Lope de Vega (Seating capacity: 1496) Gran Vía, 57
- Metro stop: Santo Domingo

Teatro Lope de Vega
Photo: Jun 8, 2000

Teatro Lope de Vega is one of the grand theaters in Madrid. The shows I've seen there are the Spanish-language versions of top-notch American musicals. In 1998, I saw José Sacristán and Paloma San Basilio in Hombre de la Mancha (Man of the Mancha); in 1999, Grease and in 2000, La bella y la bestia (Disney's Beauty and the Beast). After the show, you could buy the albums (2CDs) for the shows. The recordings had been made earlier in live performances at the same theater.

I thought that their next production would have been the Spanish-language version of My Fair Lady to premier fall 2001. But because La bella y la bestia lasted so long, the presentation of My Fair Lady (Spanish version) took place in the fall of 2001 at Teatro Coliseum, Gran Vía, 78 near the Plaza de España. The stars of Hombre de la Mancha, Paloma San Basilio and José Sacristán, were paired again, this time as Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins. Don't ask me how this play can work in Spanish translation, but the review (in Spanish) that I read of this production said it was sublime! As of March, 2002, there were seven performances each week on Tuesdays through Sundays.

Another news item from October, 2001 gave the interesting news that, at that time in Madrid, you could see the musicals Annie, My Fair Lady, Hello Dolly! and Beauty and the Beast--all in Spanish, of course.

For a good historical view of this theater go to Cinema Treasures | Teatro Lope de Vega.

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