"The building of the Teatro Real, as we know it today, is the result of several renovations over the last 150 years. Since it was opened in 1850 the building has been remodelled several times, used for different purposes and occasionally closed. The present building was completely restored and remodelled in 1997, with 65,000 m2 of floor area, capacity for 1746 people, and with one of the most advanced and innovative stages in Europe."

Located in one of the most important historical quarters of Madrid, the Teatro Real is at the hub of the Spanish capital’s most ambitious 19th-century town planning project: next to the Austrias district and facing the Royal Palace.


The inside space of 78.210 square metres in the Teatro Real make this iconic building unique. The main auditorium, which seats 1746 (depending on the size of the orchestra pit), is a copy of the 1850 original when the theatre was inaugurated. Behind its curtain, this landmark building conceals one of the most advanced theatre stages in Europe, with innovative technology permitting various sets to be used and replaced at record speed thanks to a system of overlapping platforms.

As well as its technical innovations, the building features elegantly decorated areas, such as the large salons on the second floor, typical of a 19th-century opera house, with notable works of art.

In December 2012 the Spanish Council of Ministers appointed management of the building to the Teatro Real Foundation for the next 75 years.

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