By Phillip B. Thomason
The Coliseo de los angeles Cruz, the 1st smooth public theatre in Madrid, used to be developed among 1736 and 1737 at the website of the city's oldest everlasting playhouse, the Corral de los angeles Cruz, courting from 1579. The corral, an open-air courtyard theatre, was once surrounded by means of deepest bins in neighbouring homes [recently studied during this sequence by way of Charles Davis], which in basic terms intermittently contributed to the municipal coffers; via 1736, additionally, it used to be decrepit and ill-suited to present staging specifications. these kinds of elements led town gurus to interchange it through an updated, absolutely self-contained theatre development with a proscenium degree. the recent coliseo used to be shaped within the Italian kind, yet maintained many features of the corral theatres, similar to the cazuela [separate women's gallery], and persevered to draw a diversified viewers, representing nearly each point of Madrid society. It observed the 1st performances of a few of the best works of Spanish drama, akin to Zorrilla's Don Juan Tenorio, in addition to many who are lengthy forgotten. eventually, in 1859, the Coliseo de los angeles Cruz, by means of now insufficient and in unwell fix, used to be demolished to make room for an extension of the Calle de Espoz y Mina that allows you to alleviate traffic jam on the Puerta del Sol.