El Coliseo de la Cruz: 1736-1860 : Estudio y documentos (Fuentes para la historia del Teatro en Espana) (Fuentes para la historia del Teatro en Espana)ISBN: 1855661144;
Book DescriptionThe Coliseo de la Cruz, the first modern public theatre in Madrid, was constructed (1736-37) on the site of the city's oldest permanent playhouse, the Corral de la Cruz, dating from 1579. The corral, an open-air courtyard theatre, was surrounded by private boxes in neighbouring houses (recently studied in this series by Charles Davis), which only intermittently contributed to the municipal coffers; by 1736, moreover, it was decrepit and ill-suited to current staging requirements. The city authorities therefore replaced it by an up-to-date, fully self-contained theatre building with a proscenium stage. The new coliseo was fashioned in the Italian style, but maintained many characteristics of the corral theatres, such as the cazuela (separate women's gallery), and continued to attract a varied audience, representing virtually every level of Madrid society. Finally, in 1859, the Coliseo de la Cruz, by now inadequate and in ill repair, was demolished to alleviate...
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