The Almagro International Festival of Classical Theatre is currently considered the most important of its kind in the world dedicated to the theatre of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, both from east and west, held over 25 days at almost twenty different venues. Although the Festival emerged around the Spanish Golden Age, as it became more and more international, it expanded its horizons encompassing not only the best known Baroque authors belonging to the Elizabethan theatre, the French Neoclassical theatre and the Spanish Golden Age, but also to all the Oriental traditional literature performed and transposed in other theatre forms such as Noh theatre, Kaubuki theatre, etc.
It is an unavoidable cultural event that takes place during the month of July in the monumental town of Almagro, which has been declared Historic-Artistic Site since 1972.
The Festival is a place for performance but also a meeting hub for creators, professionals, and specialists of diverse fields in Baroque theatre, like teachers, researchers, critics, directors, actors, producers, stage designers, playwrights, specialized journalists, technicians and managers. Being an international event and welcoming all kinds of audiences through its diverse programme, it brings together spectators of all ages from all over the world.
For its commitment to the past, the present and the future of the theatre in Spain, the Festival is a clear example of the evolution in the development of the performing arts. In each of its editions, the Festival strives to find new languages and to incorporate other artistic disciplines to represent - through the contemporary scene -the authors of the Baroque.
Throughout the Festival are organized around a hundred performances, several international meetings and various cultural and pedagogical activities held in different spaces and venues, such as squares, open-air cloisters or Italian-style theatres –perfectly technically equipped- as well as in multidisciplinary spaces, thus contributing to the dynamization of the urban space through culture.
The Festival supports and contributes to the preservation of traditions, highlights and promotes the historical heritage but also shows itself as an open window to new proposals, always from a perspective of excellence, thanks to which it enjoys worldwide prestige, becoming a leading cultural event at international level.