Classical theatre festivals are back!
7/6/2020 |

​‘Cefalo and Pocris’. Photo:​

Safety measures, national companies and productions feature in the programmes of the main theatre festivals this summer
​They are a fundamental part of Spain's cultural activity during the summer. The classical theatre festivals are back, and have adapted to the necessary Covid-19 security measures in order to offer once again the incredible opportunity to enjoy classical theatre in unique locations such as castles, medieval squares and Roman theatres. A wonderful way to enjoy the summer in Spain both inland and on the coast. Theatres were obliged to close their doors to the public due to the Covid-19 crisis and have been closed since March. But slowly the country's theatres are opening up again in order to adapt to the new normality and so are the festivals. We review some of the ones you will be able to attend in the coming weeks.  

Grec-Festival, Barcelona (30 June - 31 July)

The Barcelona Festival GREC, has reached its 44th edition with a programme of more than a hundred works. While it is commitmented to local productions, it also aims to enrich its programme with international talent. This year it will introduce an inclusive pricing policy, strict security measures and seating capacity, and will welcome new stage formats and ways of reaching audiences. In addition to the 48 shows in its programme, it will also represent productions that were suspended due to the coronavirus in De Grec a Grec and will broadcast live performances in Gren en obert.   More information on its website:

Anfitrion- Andalusian Performing Arts Festival (July 7 - August 29)

 The Festival Teatros Romanos de Andalucía is now called Anfitrión (Host). The Andalusian Performing Arts Festival has always been a meeting point for the public and theatre professionals. It is located in the historical enclaves of Itálica (Seville) and Baelo Claudia (Cadiz), where new spaces will be added such as the Cocheras del Puerto de Huelva and the Alcazaba de Almería. This year, 28 theatre, circus and dance companies from among the most outstanding professional Andalusian productions of recent years will take part, performing a total of 56 shows. More information on its website.  

Almagro International Classical Theatre Festival (14 - 26 July)

It has become a world stage for theatre and reminiscent of the Spanish Golden Age, the 43rd edition of this international festival will include the participation of 26 companies that will perform a total of 44 shows, distributed in historical spaces such as the Corral de Comedias, the Adolfo Marsillach Theatre (San Juan Hospital), the Old Renaissance University (AUREA) and the Palacio de los Oviedo. The theme of this year’s festival will be: De mil gustos de amor, el alma llena, verse by María de Zayas. It will also feature five virtual performances. More information on its website:  

Peñíscola Classical Theatre Festival (17 - 31 July)

Although this festival will start a few days later with respect to previous editions, the 23rd edition of the festival will be held from 17 to 31 July. In the unique setting of Pope Luna's castle in Peñíscola (Castellón), attendees will be able to enjoy a selection of the best performing arts in the country with strict safety measures in place, such as reduced seating and an online platform to watch the shows. More information on its website

The International Theatre Festival of Ribadavia (17 - 27 July)

The town of Ribadavia, in the province of Ourense, is once again returning to open-air theatre in its 36th edition. This time there will be no indoor programming and all its shows will take place on open-air stages, such as the Auditorio do Castelo and other charming historical squares in the municipality. La Mostra festival is renowned for its for its innovative and avant-garde theatre and continues to support nacional and local talent, this year 70% of its proposals are Galician. More information on its website:

Olite Theatre Festival (17 July - 2 August)

Its motto, “From Spanish Poetry to Contemporary European Theatre”, presents its 21st edition which will be marked by health measures and companies from Navarra. A programme including music, dance and even a circus and whose main stage will be La Cava, at the foot of the impressive castle of Olite. The festival will also include the Residencia Laboratorio cycle, so that local companies can present their projects and have the chance to showcase their talent. More information on its website:

Mérida International Classical Theatre Festival (22 July - 23 August)

The impressive Roman theatre of Merida is once again hosting its international theatre festival. In this reduced edition there will be no international shows, but there will be 5 national productions, two of which are by companies from Extremadura. This 66th edition will also include other shows on the stages of Medellín, Regina, and Cáparra. With limited seating and universal stories such as Antigona, Anfitrión and Cayo César, by reopening to the public the Mérida theatre hopes to reactivate theatres all over the country. More information on its website  

Classical Theatre, Olmedo (July 24 - August 2)

​The 15th edition of the festival in Valladolid will be held at the Palacio del Caballero de Olmedo, and its capacity will be reduced due to safety measures. The programme, as in other editions, will revolve around the authors of the Spanish Golden Age and other European artists from the same era. This year due to the special circumstances the programme will not include international companies, conferences or extra activities. More information on its website