A bittersweet anniversary for the Teatro Cervantes

The Cervantes theatre in Malaga will reschedule its programme.
The Cervantes theatre in Malaga will reschedule its programme. / P. Quero
  • The pandemic sees the iconic theatre lay empty on its 150th anniversary but the majority of events will be rescheduled

It was set to be a landmark year in the history of Malaga's most iconic theatre, but the coronavirus pandemic has put a dampener on the Teatro Cervantes' 150th birthday celebrations.

"We've reached this milestone in the most difficult of times and it will obviously take a shine off it, but we've been working from the first day of lockdown to ensure that most of the planned shows go ahead when normality is restored for the rest of the year," says the theatre's director, Juan Antonio Vigar, who, since the state of alarm was declared has moved his office to his home so he can maintain daily contact with companies, bands, orchestras and artists.

The majority of events will be rescheduled, including the Malaga Film Festival (albeit without a concert from Vanesa Martín), as well as a run of the opera The Barber of Seville.

When the theatre does eventually reopen, however, Vigar will have to develop a strategy to ensure spectators' safety, likely to involve reducing capacity.