Theater Classics: bringing stage roots closer to all audiences

The Opinion of Malaga – MARCH 23, 2024


The Provincial Council and Málaga Procultura join forces to launch a complete initiative, from May 2 to 31. The cycle combines 15 theatrical performances, a cinematographic section and three training actions.

The Provincial Council of Malaga, through its Culture Delegation, and the capital’s City Council, through Malaga Procultura, collaborate to bring our performing roots to new audiences with the first Malaga Classics Theater Festival, which will take place between 2 and on May 31 in different areas of the province. The Spanish Golden Age and the legacy of Shakespeare will be present in the fifteen performances of nine works scheduled at the Cervantes Theater, the Echegaray Theater, the María Victoria Atencia Provincial Cultural Center (MVA) and the theaters, cultural centers and municipal auditoriums from Alhaurín de la Torre, Ardales, Mijas, Monda and Vélez-Málaga.

A cinematographic section that will take place at the Albéniz Cinema and three training actions located at the MVA will complement this first festival co-organized by the City Council and the Provincial Council, which was born with a vocation for continuity, with a strong gender focus and with the purpose of bringing both to Malaga and its province local and national productions of classical theater and to disseminate the theatrical heritage prior to the 20th century, with special emphasis on the Golden Age.

The first edition of the Málaga Classics Theater Festival stands out for its transversal commitment to the recognition of the role of women in the performing arts. Of the nine productions that will be performed, six are directed by women and a seventh has a female signature in the adaptation of the text. In addition, two of the shows rescue the female playwrights of the Golden Age.

Adult audiences will be able to see the premiere of Espinel’s Young Classics of Self-Portrait: Marcos de Obregón, based on Vicente Espinel’s work Relationships from the Life of the Squire Marcos de Obregón; the theater and lyrical poetry proposal of La Otra Arcadia You treated me with oblivion, assembled from the voices of great authors of the Renaissance and the Golden Age; El Marqués de las Navas, by Factoría Teatro, and the version by Lázaro de Tormes with which Pata Teatro has achieved so much success. Two pieces are specifically designed for teenagers, Self-Portraits of Pen and Sword, for young people aged 14 and up, and Enigma Shakespeare, recommended for viewers aged 12 and up, while children can enjoy Don Quixote Nomad, by briAbrac Teatro, and the entire family El cielo de Sefarad, by Claroscuro Teatro.