Theater in Málaga
The Cervantes Theater is located in the Spanish city of Malaga. It is Malaga’s oldest theater and dates from 1870 and has 1,200 seats. The art-deco theater is the main venue for the Malaga Festival. El Teatro Cervantes is situated right in the center of the city, near Plaza de la Merced.
The theatre has played host to some of the most famous artistes in the world, from Art Garfunkel to Suzanne Vega and Van Morisson, hosting theatrical stagings of Shakespeare, and classic operas such as Guillermo Tell or William Tell, with frequent homage paid to great composers such as Brahms and Beethoven, by the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra.
History of the Teatro Cervantes
The theater was built in 1869 following the destruction by fire of the Prince Alfonso Theater. A new theater was to be built under the direction of the architect Gerónimo Cuervo , and was inaugurated in 1870 with the name Teatro Cervantes .
The Interior of Teatro Cervantes
The theater has a polygonal floor plan and features horseshoe-shaped stalls. There are four floors: the stalls, two floors for boxes and the upper gallery. The ceiling, painted in oils by Bernardo Ferrándiz and assistants such as Antonio Muñoz Degrain is of 19th Century Málaga, its industry, commerce and Port.
By 1950, the Theater had deteriorated considerably and it was reduced to showing films. Málaga City Council acquired the building and begun a rennovation programme and it reopened as a municipal theater on 6 April 2012.