The Generalife Theatre

The Festival of Music and Dance of Granada in 1952 provided an impetus to the building of a theatre in the historical-artistic monuments complex. 

For your interest

  • The Lower Gardens

    The Lower Gardens connect with the Generalife Theatre (Teatro del Generalife).

  • The Palace of the Generalife

    The door has a fairly rich display of craftwork. The entrance to the palace is preceded by the sight of the markings of the traditional symbols of the hand and the key in the arch.

  • The Court of the Main Canal

    Also known as the Court of the Estuary, it is a long and narrow court.

  • The Soultana´s Court

    It is so called because the legendary romantic scenes in the novels written by Genés Pérez de Hita are believed to have been set here.

  • The Water Stairway

    It is a small stairway that is protected by vaulting laurel trees, designed in a way that would suit the needs of a medieval sultan.

  • The Romantic Observation Point

    The low-lying windows are a characteristic of Nasrid architecture.

  • The High Gardens

    The Generalife High Gardens resemble more the traditional Andalusian house and walled garden in Granada at the time than they do a Muslim farmstead.

  • The Promenade of the Oleanders

    The Promenade of the Oleanders is connected to the Promenade of the Cypress Trees.

  • Water Ponds

    The construction of the Alhambra was linked to the need to develop an effective hydraulic system.

  • The Promenade of the Cypress Trees

    Following the Promenade of the Oleander, the Promenade of the Cypress Trees takes the visitor to the place of exit.

Gallery Location

The Festival of Music and Dance of Granada in 1952 prompted the building of a theatre in the historical-artistic monuments complex.

It was decided to extend the Generalife Gardens southward in order to build a large, outdoor theatre, which was inaugurated in 1954 as a ballet centre.

Although the theatre and the adjacent gardens pertain to the same project and building operation, they refer to different historical modes:

  • The gardens, rectangular and centred on the coming together of two irrigation channel ponds, were designed to reflect “the ambience and character of classical Riad,” according to the architect and Alhambra curator Francisco Prieto-Moreno.
  • The theatre, symmetrically horseshoe shaped, with a central seating area and boxes on the sides, reflects a western mannerist and baroque style.

 

In the 1960s and 1970s, renovations were undertaken to adapt the theatre to the increasingly more intense and demanding requirements of both the Festival and its audiences, without, though, actually reaching expectations.

In the mid-1980s, coinciding with the elaboration of special plan for the Alhambra, the obvious deficiencies of the theatre and its questionable configuration were taken into consideration. The plan covered the initiation of “construction work leading to the modernization of the open air auditorium of the Generalife,” the use of which was to be broader, and more innovative, in ways that were not, however, specified.

Since the 1990s the theatre has been used, though without the necessary improvements needed for the increasingly more complex productions being staged, for which the installations prove to be inadequate.

Recently the theatre has undergone a process of restoration, and its installations brought up to date to meet production requirements, and the acoustics have also been improved.

Audiences have benefited as a result. At present, improved visibility and sound quality have sparked an increase in public attendance.