Telephone: 91 505 88 01
Underground: Lavapiés y Embajadores
Buses: Líneas C, 27, 34, 36 y 41
Valencia, 19 y Amparo, 75
Argumosa, 35 y Ronda de Atocha, 10
The hall was first used as a theatre on December 18, 1979, when Bertolt Brecht’s Galileo Galilei was performed on its stage. From that date until 1984, the space was managed by the La Corrala cultural association, which scheduled a varied range of performances The Imaginary Circus by J. B. Thierrée and V. Chaplin, Goethe’s Faust,Teledeum by Albert Boadella, etc., and was the venue for some of the productions of the International Theatre Festival of Madrid, as well as various National Drama Center productions.
On July 20, 1984 the Sala Olimpia became the Centro Nacional de Nuevas Tendencias Escénicas (CNNTE, or National center for new stage trends), directed by Guillermo Heras. During its first season, it was used both for CNNTE and CDN productions, and later the two organizations worked together to stage some co-productions.
In 1994, after the demise of the CNNTE, the building was assigned to the National Drama Center and changed its name to Teatro Olimpia (Olympia Theatre), which became the CDN’s second home.
In June, 1999, as the result of an agreement concluded between the National Institute for the Performing Arts and Music (Ministry of Culture) and the Madrid city council, a project was undertaken to rebuild the Teatro Olimpia as part of an overall plan to restore the historic heart of Madrid. The project culminated in the inauguration, on February 21, 2006, of the Teatro Valle-Inclán (Valle-Inclán Theatre). This resplendent new 510-seat theatre, with modern, advanced equipment for stage performances, has a second space, called the Sala Francisco Nieva, that offers seating capacity for up to 150 spectators in an Italian-style layout.