Gran Teatro Falla
Historic Building and Theater in Cádiz
The Gran Teatro Falla is a 19th-century theater in Cádiz. It was built between 1884 and 1905 on the site of the previous Gran Teatro which had burned down in 1881. The exterior of the building is of red bricks in the Mudéjar style or Moorish-Spanish style, and the interior notable for its richness and color. The theater was known as the “Gran Teatro” until 1926 when it was renamed for composer Manuel de Falla who was born in Cadiz.
Its large horseshoe-shaped entrance doors have the classic Moorish-style of alternating red and white archway stones which are called voussoirs. These lead you to a large vestibule with stairs which ascend to the horseshoe galleries above.
There is usually an exciting schedule of plays and concerts here and in February the Gran Teatro Falla is the site of the artistic competitions of the Carnival of Cádiz. Where groups of people dress up in outrageous matching outfits and sing songs about anything from politics to popular culture.