Malaga-born Hollywood actor, Antonio Banderas, has taken the first steps towards converting the city's Alameda Theatre into his new Soho Theatre project with the acquisition of a shop unit next door.
The former clothing store is expected to be turned into a restaurant, linked to the renamed theatre, which will be managed by well-known bodega bar, El Pimpi, of which Banderas is part owner.
The 1960s theatre building, currently called Teatro Alameda, will close at the end of May and is expected to reopen at the end of September next year after two-million-euro renovations.
Banderas has said that his aim is for Malaga to become a benchmark for international and national theatre and for tourists to visit not just for the museums but for the city's offer of stage performances. For the opening, the theatre is expected to welcome the musical Zorba the Greek before it moves on to London and Broadway.