The Centro Dramático Nacional (CDN)

The CDN is the first theatre production unit created by the Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (National Institute for Performing Arts and Music) (INAEM), under the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport. Since it was founded in 1978, the primary mission of the CDN has been to spread and consolidate the different trends and tendencies of contemporary drama, paying special attention to current Spanish authorship.

Since its creation, the institution has offered over three hundred shows, which include a complete panorama of twentieth-century Spanish dramaturgy: Valle-Inclán, García Lorca, Jardiel Poncela, Max Aub, Buero Vallejo, Alfonso Sastre, Francisco Nieva, José María Rodríguez Méndez, Alonso de Santos, Fernando Arrabal, Fermín Cabal, Sanchis Sinisterra, Benet i Jornet, Adolfo Marsillach, Juan Mayorga or Lluïsa Cunillé. Over the years, the country’s leading directors, stage designers, actors, costume designers and professionals have taken part in its productions, as well as big names from the international scene.

The CDN has two venues for carrying out activities: Teatro María Guerrero and Teatro Valle-Inclán. The institution’s management and production capacity allows for simultaneous programming of these permanent venues and, at the same time, for putting its productions on tour, both in Spain and on international stages.

Several phases in the history of the CDN can be identified, defined by the changes in the management of the institution: Adolfo Marsillach (1978-1979), the triumvirate including Nuria Espert, José Luis Gómez and Ramón Tamayo (1979-1981), José Luis Alonso (1981-1983), Lluís Pasqual (1983-1989), José Carlos Plaza (1989-1994), Amaya de Miguel (1994), Isabel Navarro (1994-1996), Juan Carlos Pérez de la Fuente (1996-2004), Gerardo Vera (2004-2011) and the current director Ernesto Caballero, since January 2012.


Adolfo Marsillach


Nuria Espert


José Luis Gómez


Ramón Tamayo


José Luis Alonso


Lluís Pasqual


José Carlos Plaza


Amaya de Miguel


Isabel Navarro


Juan Pérez de la Fuente


Gerardo Vera


Ernesto Caballero