Madrid's Teatro Español will mark its 430th anniversary with a specially commissioned play about its own storied history.
The venerable institution is offering a special admissions price of 5 euros ($6.77) for the Sept. 21-22 performances of "Si el Español nos contase," featuring a cast led by Jose Sacristan.
Reflecting on his first visit to Teatro Español as an 18-year-old mechanic and aspiring actor, Sacristan said Thursday that the theater then represented "a form of dignity that did not prevail in the rest of the country."
The commemorative piece will include scenes from some of the classic plays performed at the venue over the centuries, including Lope de Vega's "Fuenteovejuna" and other Golden Age works.
The venue has been in continuous operation since Sept. 21, 1583, albeit under different names and in different structures, making it the "world's oldest (theater) with uninterrupted activity," Teatro Español director Natalio Grueso said.
As part of the anniversary celebrations, Teatro Español is hosting for the next two days an edition of Times Talks, a series of discussions between New York Times journalists and prominent figures in the arts.
Soundtrack composer Gustavo Santaolalla will chat with music columnist Jon Pareles, actor Diego Luna will be interviewed by Times Madrid correspondent Raphael Minder and theater critic Matt Wolf will talk to actress Kim Cattrall. EFE