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This page gives you an overview of the many forms of entertainment Madrid has to offer. You can find out about where to see theatre, opera and cinema, and learn about the typical cuisine of the city. You will also find out about Madrid's hottest spots for dancing the night away. You can also find out How To Travel To theatres and venues that are mentioned here.


Where To See Dance Entertainment in Madrid

Ballet and dance performances are easy to find in Madrid. Big dance groups like the Royal ballet Conservatory perform at theatres here. Tourist information centres, such as the one in Plaza Mayor:

Centro de Turismo Plaza Mayor
Plaza Mayor, 27
28012 Madrid, España.
metroMetro: Sol (Red Line, L2) This tourist office will carry up to date information about the latest performances.

Three theatres worth enquiring about are:

Teatro de Madrid
Avenida de la Ilustración
28035 Madrid, España.
metro Metro: Barrio del Pilar or Herrera Oria (Purple Line, L9),

Fernán Gómez Centro Cultural de la Villa
Plaza de Colón, 4
28001 Madrid, España.
metroMetro: Colón (Brown Line, L4)

Teatro Pradillo
Calle de Pradillo, 12
28002 Madrid, España.
metroMetro: Concha Espina (Purple Line, L9)

Schedule at Teatro Pradillo


Music Entertainment

You can find every type of music in Madrid. Many major artists play here, and there are hundreds of venues that lay on flamenco, jazz, rock, pop, DJ's and live concerts. The centre of Madrid is full of flamenco shows that are held at venues called 'Tablaos'. They advertise the shows on sandwich boards outside.

Jazz is a popular form of entertainment in Madrid. One such venue is The Jazz Bar which is a good place to find both well known and new musicians. The Jazz Bar opens every night from 23:30.

Jazz Bar
Street: Calle 54
metroMetro: Nuevos Ministerios (Dark Blue Line, L10) or (Grey Line, L6 Circular) or (Pink Line, L8)


Theatre Entertainment

Mamma Mia is Juse One Of The Show You Can See in Madrid
Mamma Mia is just one of the shows you can see in Madrid

You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to theatre entertainment in Madrid, as there are more than 27 theatres in the centre. The Gran Via road is full of theatres, and you can buy tickets directly from the box office the afternoon before that nights performance. Most theatres also offer the choice to book online with a credit card or a telephone reservation service.

Currently at Lope de Vega theatre is the musical Mamma Mia. It's playing in more venues across the world than any other musical, and so far over 24 million people have seen it. It is well worth watching, and the fact that in Madrid it is in Spanish, shouldn't prevent you from understanding the story. Everyone knows the ABBA songs in the show.

Teatro Lope de Vega
Gran Via, 57
28013 Madrid, España.
metroMetro: Sol (Red Line, L2) or Opera (Green Line, L5) or (Red Line, L2).


tip The seats at the top of the auditorium vary in price by about €10.00. If you're on a budget, don't waste the extra €10.00 on the €30.00 seats. The €20.00 seats are so close behind, that the view is the same.


Cinema Entertainment

Madrid has several cinemas that show films in English. There are generally two showings. The first at around 19:00 or 20:00 and the second at about 22:00, although these times are by no means set in concrete.

Some of the cinemas where you will find original version films are:

Yelmo Cines Ideal
Calle del Dr Cortezo, 6
28012 Madrid, España.
metroMetro:Tirso de Molina (Light Blue Line, L1)

Cines Princesa
Princesa, 3
28008 Madrid, España.
metroMetro: Plaza de España (Dark Blue Line, L10) or (Yellow Line, L3)

Cines Renoir
Martín de los Heros, 12
28008 Madrid, España.
metroMetro: Plaza de España (Dark Blue Line, L10) or (Yellow Line, L3)

If you're going to an early show you can normally get away with just turning up half an hour before. But I advise you to buy your tickets in advance for the later shows and for new releases.


tip When a film is listed as V.O. this means 'Version original'. Not necessarily English. The poster at the cinema will say which language is the original.


Cuisine In Madrid

Mexican Restaurant in Madrid
There's a wide choice of food in the restaurants in Madrid. Mexican is popular too.

I love eating out, but have not as of yet needed to go for a full meal. Why? Because the selection of tapas is astounding. There is a choice of every kind of tapas, even for vegetarians who will do well in Madrid.

I recommend that you head for the street of Cava Baja. metroMetro: La Latina (Red Line, L2) or (Green Line, L5) and 2 or 3 minutes walk. This is a delightful street that is crammed with tapas bars. It gets busy on Friday and Saturday nights, and Sundays all day.


How To Pace Yourself For Nightlife In Madrid

Madrid is famous for its nightlife. No-one goes out until at least 23:00, and no-one goes home until after 07:00. The entertainment Madrid offers in terms of nightlife is in the form of some of Europe's best known clubs:

Joy Eslava
Calle Arenal, 11
28013 Madrid, España.
metroMetro: Sol (Red Line, L2)

Pacha
metroMetro: Chueca (Green Line, L5)

Palacio Gaviria
Calle Arenal, 9
28013 Madrid, España.
metroMetro: Sol (Red Line, L2).


Madrid's Diverse Range Of Entertainment

Madrid is famous for its variety of entertainment. This page is just a taster of the options. You can choose from theatre, cinema, opera, dancing of all kinds, and hundreds and bars and restaurants. In this page you can also find out how to travel to some of the city's best known venues. To see more in-depth information about what to do at night time in Madrid See the links on the Related pages below.


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