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Granada’s home of zarzuela back after three-year absence

21 January 2008

MADRID – Until the end of the 19th century, Granada’s Teatro Alhambra, located near the Don Simeón baths, used to host zarzuelas (Spanish operettas) more or less regularly – until the outfit shut down and re-emerged in a different neighbourhood, the Realejo.

From that moment on, and thanks to a troupe called Teatro del Sur, the Teatro Alhambra took on a new sheen that made it a cultural reference in Spain’s theatre scene until 2005, when local authorities shut it down after finding architectural deficiencies that they said could endanger spectators and employees alike.

Now, after extensive reforms that have cost the city’s culture department some EUR 1.3 million, the Teatro Alhambra is back, with new seating that provides full vision of the stage from any angle. The new and improved theatre, located on Calle Molinos 56, is this year offering a full program ranging from theatre and dance, to concerts, including flamenco, jazz and pop-rock productions.

[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]

Subject: Spanish news