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Plaza de Santa Ana

Teatro EspañolGoing up the Calle Huertas we come to the Plaza de Santa Ana, due to Plaza Santa AnaJose Bonaparte´s interest in embellishing Madrid with beautiful squares. It was built in 1810, after demolishing the Convent of Santa Ana.
The Teatro Español (1849) is on the same place where the old Corral de la Pacheca to be in 1583.It seems that here was a plot of land that belonged to a lady called Isabel Pacheco which had been a barnyard - corral- before. This plot was hired to perform a theaterplay. In front of the simple stage there were some banks where people could sit. The rest watched the play standing up. On oneside of the stage was an area only for women. Hiring the balconys of the houses surrounding the corral the people also watched the play. This is where the noblemen, sometimes even the royal family, used to sit.
Nowadays the Teatro Español is run by the Town Hall and many classical theater plays are performed here.

Garcia Lorca Statue in the Plaza de Santa AnaIn the Plaza there is statue dedicated to Calderon de la Barca, a famous classical playwright and another one to Federico Garcia Lorca, the poet.

Calderon de la Barca Statue in the Plaza de Santa AnaFrequently there are fairs held on the square dedicated to gastronomy or handicrafts from foreign countries. There are also many interesting little shops in this area.

The Plaza is surrounded by cafeterias and bar, the oldest one being the Cerverceria Alemana from 1904. Quite near is another interesting place, Naturbier, a bar where they produce their own beer, only with natural ingredients.

From the Plaza de Santa you can go directly to the Calle del Principe where you will find the Cuevas de Sesamo, a little, always crowded place, famous for its sangria. One has to go down the stairs and enters a sort of cave. On the walls there are written many famous sentences. There is also a pianist playing all kinds of known songs.Naturbier

Public Theater in Golden Age Madrid And Tudor-stuart London: Class, Gender And Festive Community (Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama)

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