Ancient Roman theatre in Malaga city reopens after restoration

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AFTER two decades of silence, the Roman Theatre in Malaga City will reopen for performances on September 15. The last performance at the theatre, from the first century, was held in 1991 before restoration work began.

Now, it will get a new lease of life with a “simple and symbolic” performance which includes the presentation of baritone Carlos Alvarez, guitarist Daniel Casares, and painter Andres Merida, who will create a work of art on stage.

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The performance is free and will start at 7.30pm, but space is limited to 220 people, although many more will be able to watch from Calle Alcazabilla.

Malaga’s Councillor for Culture, Damian Caneda, explained that it combines “a classical environment with the vibrant artistic moment the city is experiencing”.

“The theatre will be used for small things, such as classical plays and concerts” he explained, “all of which will be held in the summer”.


The city hall is waiting for authorization from the Junta de Andalucia although they don’t expect any setbacks.

The Roman Theatre of Malaga dates to the 100 BC when the city was part of the Roman province of Hispania Ulterior. It was build during the period of Emperor Augustus and remained in use until the 3rd century.

The theatre remained hidden under the gardens of the Archives and Libraries Palace gardens, until work was carried out in 1951.


By Jennifer Leighfield

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