One of the most curious things that I’ve run across in Madrid is Microteatro por Dinero, the theater/bar that spins traditional theater on its head. You won’t find overpriced mega productions that last for hours here, but an interesting formula of super short plays by local writers, minimalistic productions, small audiences and low prices.
Joys of live theater — Photo courtesy of CPFL Cultura
The mini plays are staged in very small rooms for approximately a dozen people with the one or two actors at what might literally be arm’s length away. Each mini play lasts about 15 minutes, with Microteatro por Dinero featuring a menu of five new plays each month. Tickets cost 4 euros per person per play (3 euros for the children’s shows) and spectators can choose to stay for just one play or see all five.
First staged as a temporary event in a Madrid brothel, Microteatro por Dinero’s now permanent headquarters is in Malasaña, nearest the Callao or Gran Via metro stations. Microteatro por Dinero has six showings of each play every day from Wednesday to Sunday.
Not to be overlooked is the on-site bar – a good place to have a drink or snack before or after a mini play.
Microteatro por Dinero
Calle Loreto y Chicote, 9