Microteatro por Dinero
Wednesday to Sunday between 19:30 – 01:00 hours
Calle Loreto y Chicote 9
Metro: Callao, Gran Via
For just a tiny amount of money you can actually add an entire work of theatre to your night out and still have plenty of time to see two more plays and catch the last subway. The Microteatro Por Dinero presents complete works of art for only 3 euro a piece, in less than 15 minutes each and for less than 15 spectators at a time.
The theatre started as a project to honor the prostitutes in the streets surrounding the Plaza de la Luna at the time when the neighborhood was transformed from seedy and avoid-at-all-costs drug hole to hipper-than-hip place to be -with still a few ladies of the night left- and has matured into a wonderful initiative and a strange mixture of professionalism and hobby.
Directors and actors that make their money during the day with the real thing do not feel too good to put in some extra energy at night for a mini-version of themselves. The sessions are nicely announced on flat screens while many posters are actually drawn by hand with felt tips. The rooms are too small not to touch your neighbors thighs by accident and the actors actually need to inform the audience when a play has finished because 10 minutes just go too fast and new visitors are already waiting outside.
For those with an appetite for more the sesión golfa (just a small reminder of the barrio’s old days) offers monologues from actresses after midnight. Hurry!
Teatro de las Aguas
- yes, it is a theatre
Calle de las Aguas 8
Metro La Latina
Tel: 91 3669642
Bar downstairs open Wed-Sat 21:00-01:00 (knock on door)
You pass it every day but it is only after your friends mention it to you that you discover that the ugly and old door of the neighboring building is actually the entrance of a theatre. How could you have been so blind and insensitive to your surroundings? Do not blame yourself too much: a number of small theatres in Madrid go to great lengths to hide themselves for the big audience and stay as underground as possible. But you – expert on anything unusual in your city- know, of course…
Nothing glamorous, no posters, no ticket offices and yet every inch a stage for aspiring actors: Teatro de las Aguas comes with a script. Tickets need to be bought in the bar at number 6, the door will not open until 10 minutes before the play starts, the seats remind you of the ones used in waiting rooms and the play shown may not necessarily be a brilliant and well acted piece of high brow art. However, every play will be a surprise, ticket prices are only a shadow of the ones charged by main stream theatres and you might just witness an outstanding performance of a very talented (future) actor or group. At least it will give you something to mull over during drinks later.
And speaking of drinks: the theatre plays a double role as bar de copas, well known by madrileños. You will need to find the same anonymous entrance door, and then knock on it. The venue is small, alternative, has pretty foul air but is extremely artistic and unexpectedly close to home.