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Mérida Classical Theatre Festival

It is considered as the most important festival of its genre in Spain

The Mérida Classical Theatre Festival is the oldest of its type celebrated in Spain. The first festival took place in 1933. It was suspended in 1934 and started again in 1954.

The Mérida Classical Theatre Festival takes place every summer in the unique setting of the Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida, one of the best-preserved Roman remains in Spain. During the months of July and August, the Roman theatre puts on classical Greek-Latin works, music, ballet and opera.

During the sunset hours on summer days, spectators can watch a magical show from the theatre’s seats, where past and present are mixed. The stage brings to life the tragedies of the great classics like Seneca, Sophocles and Euripides.

The state at the Roman Theatre of Mérida receives the classic tragedies every summer

But aside from classic theatre, the programming includes dance choreographies, opera, etc., anything whose subject is related to the characters and times of the Greek-Latin period.

The festival generates great public interest and has major repercussions in the media. Many theatre directors from around the world choose this festival to premiere their works, considering it the ideal scenario.

The Festival was born in 1933 with the staging of the Medea de Séneca, in the version of Miguel de Unamuno, with the actress Margarita Xirgu playing the leading role.

After another edition, in 1934, the decision was made to suspend it due to the political tension in Spain, until it was once again held regularly as of 1954.

Since then, each summer Mérida houses the best in classical theatre, recovering its spectacular original state.

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