Alfredo Sanzol assumes the direction of the CDN


Alfredo Sanzol joins the National Dramatic Center at this beginning of the year to assume his direction for a period of five years.

His appointment took place last April, in which the general director of the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM), Amaya de Miguel, announced that Sanzol would take over from Ernesto Caballero after overcoming a public process of selection subject to the principles of equality, merit and ability and that was valued by the Theater Artistic Council, in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 497/2010, of April 30, which regulates the participation bodies and advice from INAEM and the Statute of the CRC.

Artistic project

The project presented by Alfredo Sanzol stands out as a central pillar the commitment to contemporary dramaturgy, providing it with the necessary infrastructure, time and budget to become a national and international reference. A dramaturgy that reflects the plurality of voices that represent today's society.

Attracting and connecting with the public is another of the fundamental axes, defending the need to generate empathy and an emotional bond with the public through innovative communication and strategic lines of social scope that create a greater proximity with new audiences.

The generational renewal and the presence of young people in the center is also of great importance to achieve a transformation and renewal of artistic proposals and for the transmission of knowledge of creators with greater experience. The project declares itself feminist, wants to enhance the dramaturgy made by women and projects led by women in an environment of equality and collaboration between genders. It also rests on the need to strengthen efficient, transparent and responsible resource management.

The main objective of its guidelines is to direct part of the budget to theatrical writing in any of its forms, opening an exchange space and working in a more transverse way with a permeable direction that feeds on the creators who pass through the CDN. Open the theater not only to the exhibition, but also to promote meetings and participatory projects between creators and the public.

Sanzol aspires to a theater that is a national and international reference based on cultural and social diversity. For this, the importance of promoting tours of the CDN shows in the different Autonomous Communities is highlighted, as well as programming in all the languages ​​of the State, through co-productions with other public institutions and with private companies. It also proposes to achieve greater international projection through co-production with theaters in other countries, as well as participating in the different European networks and being an active member of international collaborative projects.

Within this opening to diversity, defends having those companies that work with difference and disability, from normality and inclusion, betting on the artistic excellence of this type of shows and professionals.

The full Master Plan can be consulted here.

Career path

Alfredo Sanzol (Madrid-Pamplona 1972) is an author and theater director, graduated in Law from the University of Navarra and in Stage Management from RESAD, his work is characterized by the use of a sense of humor, the search for a formal style own with which to raise the problems of his personal and social biography and commitment to the investigation of new dramatic structures. With a deep knowledge of the theatrical trade, throughout his career he has combined the direction of his own texts with that of the classics that he adapts himself.

The management of the CDN, as of January 2020, represents a new step in a trajectory that began 20 years ago with Like the greeks, by Steven Berkoff, and in which titles such as Yes, but I am not, On the moon, Super days, The magic calm, Tenderness Y Bravery, among others. He has directed theatrical productions for public centers such as the CDN, the CNTC or the Teatro de la Zarzuela: Bohemian lights (2018), The silly lady (2018), The magic calm (2014), Waiting for Godot (2013) or The Lavapies Barber (2019).

Sanzol was distinguished in 2017 with the National Dramatic Literature Award for his work The breathing. In 2018 he won the XII Valle-Inclán Theater Award for Tenderness and in 2016 he received the Community Theater Award of Madrid. He has also received five times the Max Performing Arts Award. In 2011 in the category of Best Theater Author in Catalan or Valencian by Delicacies, and in 2012 and 2013 in the category of Best Theater Author in Spanish for Great days and by On the moonrespectively. For this last work he also won the Ceres Award for Best Theater Author in 2012.



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Christmas opening hours at the National Drama Center


The Christmas opening hours at the National Drama Center will be as follows:

On December 24 and 31, 2019, the ticket offices will remain closed.

On December 25, 2019 and January 1, 2020, the ticket offices will open from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The rest of the days the ticket offices will remain open at their usual time, from 12: 00h to 20: 30h continuously.

For the purchase of locations, telephone sales channels 902 224 949 – 985 67 96 68 and online sales are also available www.entradasinaem.es



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January premieres: ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Like a dog in a field’


In January, two assemblies from Barcelona disembark at the Teatro Valle-Inclán that offer a good sample of the contemporary Catalan scene.

A Pere Arquillué volcanic and in a state of grace, as criticism is rating it, stars Jerusalem, by Jez Butterworth, under the direction of Julio Manrique. It is "a Dionysian work, the celebration of chaos, disorder and freedom; a modern Shakespearian comedy of epic dimensions », co-produced by the National Dramatic Center, Theater Romea and Grec 2019 Barcelona Festival.

A transgressive montage that fascinated the British public at its premiere in 2009 and the Catalan at its premiere at the Grec Festival 2019 in Barcelona, ​​which arrives at the Valle-Inclán Theater from January 22 to March 1.

Also premiered at the Grec in 2018, the second proposal that arrives in January is titled Like a bitch in a field, by Claudia Cedó, a story of overcoming a couple that has to face an experience of perinatal death.

Cedó was a resident author of the Beckett Room for the 2017/18 season and with this autobiographical text she won the Best Text award at the 2018 Critics Awards. The assembly, directed by Sergi Belbel, was also awarded in the Best Show categories and Best Leading Actress, shared prize between María Rodríguez and Vicky Luengo. In 2019, it has also won three Armchair Awards: Best Text, Best Small Format Show and Best Director (Sergi Belbel); and was the great winner of the 2019 TeatreBarcelona Awards, sweeping into five categories: Best show, Best text, Best direction, Best supporting actress for Anna Barrachina and Best actresses for Vicky Luengo and María Rodríguez.

This piece will be exhibited in the Francisco Nieva del Valle-Inclán Hall from January 31 to February 16.



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The National Dramatic Center announces the group reservation dates of the upcoming premieres of the 2019-2020 season


From the National Dramatic Center we inform you of the dates on which you can make a group reservation of the next works of the 2019-2020 season.

From Tuesday, January 7 from 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

From Tuesday, April 14 from 2020 at 10: 00h.

Ticket prices for groups are: in the theaters María Guerrero and Valle-Inclán, 20 to 29 people have a 25% discount and 30 people onwards, a 50% discount. (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday). In the rooms of the Princess and Francisco Nieva, from 11 to 20 people will enjoy a 25% discount and from 21 to 40 people, a 50% discount. (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

The contact numbers are, from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

María Guerrero Theater and Princess Hall: 91 310 15 00 | 91 310 94 37.

Valle Inclán Theater, Francisco Nieva Room and El Mirlo Blanco Room: 91 505 88 01.



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Great masters of the scene: tribute to William Layton


Next Monday, December 16, the National Dramatic Center organizes a tribute to William Layton in the María Guerrero Theater, framed in the “Great masters of the scene” cycle. The event will feature Ana Belén, Carlos Hipólito, Carmen Losa and José Carlos Plaza in a round table moderated by Javier Carazo. In addition, the short film «Sanatorium of Footwear» by Irina Kouberskaya will be screened.

Based in our country since the 1960s, William Layton brought from the United States the famous "Method" of actor training, and adapted it to the Spanish idiosyncrasy, thus creating a pedagogy with its own name: "the Layton Method." Founder of projects such as the Teatro Estudio de Madrid (TEM), the Independent Experimental Theater (TEI), the Teatro Castellano and the Instituto de Teatro de Barcelona, ​​from which he contributed to significantly renew the independent theater scene in Spain.

Layton worked at the National Dramatic Center in productions such as Hamlet (1989) and The orestiad (1990), Zoo History (1991) and The merchant of Venice (1992).

The event will take place at the Guerrero Theater from 8pm.

Free entry until complete seats.



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Challenge 2019, a commitment to social inclusion


Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which aims to empower them for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development of society.

From this cross-sectional approach to inclusion, the work that the National Dramatic Center develops with this group is also considered, and which is included in its master plan that Ernesto Caballero launched in 2012. Some of the lines of work that have been implemented or reinforced since then they are: the improvement of accessibility to their shows, activities, scholarships or the creation of the festival 'A different look', which has already celebrated seven editions.

Since 2013, this contest directed by Inés Enciso and Miguel Cuerdo has been a platform that promotes and establishes the presence of artists with disabilities in the regular programming of the exhibition centers. 'A different look' has stimulated, supported, developed and publicized inclusive scenic projects and has made visible the capabilities and work of artists with functional diversity, to collaborate in the normalization and professionalization of the inclusion of creators with functional diversity in the performing arts in our country.

In the 2018/2019 season, the CDN took another step towards achieving this objective, betting on continuing projects and investing in theater research under the name of ‘Challenge 2019’. Thus, throughout this year there have been calls such as “¡Project me! ”, In which inclusive scenic projects have been advised such as, among others,“Tribes”, By Nina Raine, directed by Julián Fuentes Reta, or“ ¡¡Get tangled up! ”, In which scenic research has been provided to professionals such as Mateo Rubistein, Juanfra Rodríguez and María San Miguel.

Likewise, inclusive reading clubs have been held in institutions such as the Instituto Cervantes and the Network of Public Libraries of the Community of Madrid and workshops on culture and diversity together with AECID and the Center for Show Technology.

Accessible functions

In addition, the National Dramatic Center is adhering to the ‘Accessible Theater’ initiative, which since 2011 works to bring culture to people with hearing, visual or intellectual disabilities.

This season, accessible functions of up to nine mounts will be offered. After “Mother Courage and her children" and "Celia in the revolution”, The following that can be enjoyed –with overtitling and audio description- are for the works“Signed Lejárraga”(December 19 and 20) and“Divine words”(January 9 and 10).



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In December, four new releases at the CDN


A month full of premieres is coming for all tastes. December comes seeded from shows that range from one of the great classics of the twentieth century through two proposals of our most current dramaturgy to the replacement, for the success obtained, of a piece released last season.

A) Yes, Signed Lejárraga, by Vanessa Montfort, under the direction of Miguel Ángel Lamata, rescued last April, within the cycle "In large print", the figure of the writer and deputy María Lejárraga, and claimed her name hidden behind a story of anonymity and silence Between December 4 and 22 we will have the opportunity to relive this act of historical justice on the tables that both triumphed in its premiere.

On the other hand, on December 11 and 12 there will be the premiere of two new productions of the CRC that address two major issues: that of housing as a reflection of the economic and values ​​crisis that characterizes our days; and the debate about the gender roles passed through the sieve of irreverence, irony and absurd humor that characterize the style of the theater company in Vilo. Tenant (Numancia 9, 2ºA), by Paco Gámez, you can see it in the Princess Room of the María Guerrero Theater; and Man up It is the proposal of Andrea Jiménez and Noemi Rodríguez that will house the Francisco Nieva Room of the Valle-Inclán Theater.

For its part, the main hall of María Guerrero will host, from December 13 to January 19, one of the top works of the Spanish dramaturgy: Divine words from Valle-Inclán, he will once again shake consciences with his mordacity and his timeless mastery, with the direction and dramaturgy of José Carlos Plaza.

The children's audience will also have its place: a new appointment with Titerescena, our annual cycle of family shows. In December he visits us Vulgarcito, a fun assembly of object theater by the Salamanca company La Chana Theater.



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Guided visits to the theater: upcoming appointments


Within your pedagogical program ‘Spectator School‘, The National Dramatic Center offers the possibility of knowing the two venues in which it operates, the María Guerrero Theater and the Valle-Inclán Theater.

The guided tours of the CDN aim to bring the world of theater closer to the educational community explaining all the facets of a staging, in addition to showing the artistic and cultural heritage of its two buildings: the María Guerrero Theater, which was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1996 and the Valle-Inclán Theater, which received the 2007 National Architecture Award.

The tour lasts approximately one hour and thirty minutes. It offers a historical synthesis of the venue and shows both the public area and the stage or technical area of ​​the theater, thus trying to publicize all the professions that are developed around a theatrical function.

These visits are specially designed for groups of schoolchildren – mainly from the last ESO and Bachelor courses – and constitute a valuable experience to broaden knowledge and foster interest in the performing arts culture in the youth audience, in addition to giving them Know the architecture of a theater and the professions associated with the scene.

Guided tours are free and are reserved at the beginning of each season. Thus, every year an average of 200 groups pass through our headquarters between September and July, which means around 4,500 students, many of whom have their first contact with the theater directly through this experience. 80% of those who visit us are groups of educational centers, secondary schools, high schools, professional modules and universities. The rest are cultural associations.

This week we will receive at the María Guerrero Theater the visit of two groups, from the Colegio Liceo San Pablo in Madrid.

We want to thank the school community for the magnificent reception of this initiative throughout all its editions.



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Cipriano Rivas Cherif, new video of ‘Our Theater’


Rivas Cherif stars in a new documentary piece that the CDN, with the collaboration of the Theater Documentation Center and the National Theater Museum, has developed to shed light and pay tribute to his figure. This video is part of the series “Our theater”, An initiative within the“Spectator's School”Which aims to bring the public to some of the authors, directors, montages and scenic currents that have marked the direction of the contemporary Spanish scene. This series has focused on such prominent figures as Valle-Inclán, María Guerrero, Lorca or Miguel Mihura, to name a few.

Cipriano Rivas Cherif was a director, set designer, playwright, as well as an outstanding renovator of our theater and pedagogue (he founded the TEA, an innovative school that would lay the foundations for a new academic structure in the field of performing arts). Inspired by its spirit of dialogue and innovation, the CDN created in 2012 the Rivas Cherif Laboratory, a theatrical research project with permanent headquarters in the El Mirlo Blanco Room of the Valle-Inclán Theater, which for five editions offers a space for experimentation and training for creators, actors and other agents in the sector.

In addition, on November 18, the María Guerrero Theater hosted an act of homage to Rivas Cherif within the cycle “Mondays with voice”, With a round table that delved into his figure and a dramatized reading of a work of his own.

You can check the entire documentary series ‘Our Theater’ HERE



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Mondays with voice: tribute to Rivas Cherif


Next Monday, November 18, the National Dramatic Center organizes a tribute to Cipriano Rivas Cherif, the director, set designer, playwright, outstanding innovator of our theater and founder of the TEA (Theater School of Art), whose headquarters was the María Guerrero Theater and which since 2012 gives name to our theater research laboratory.

The act, framed within the cycle “Mondays with voice”, Will feature Juan Aguilera, Manuel Aznar, Fernando Doménech and Begoña Riesgo in a round table moderated by Ernesto Caballero.

Next, there will be a dramatized reading of the play by the honored playwright “What does Irene mean?”, Directed by Aitana Galán and with a cast composed of: Silvia Espigado, Gloria Albalate, Jorge Machín, Agnes Kiraly, Juan Alberto López, Marina Andina, Fernando Romo, Sara Sánchez and Mariano Rochman, in addition to musicians Pablo Hernández and Alex Huelves.

In addition, the video of the series “Our theater”Dedicated to Rivas Cherif.

The event will take place at the Guerrero Theater from 8 pm to 10 pm Free entry until complete seats.



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