Tourism in Murcia
Circo Theatre: modern cultural and social artery of the city of Murcia
It was built at the end of the 19th century along the lines of the famous "circus theatres" that had spread from Paris to many European cities
The Circus Theatre is a recently recovered scenic space for the public and is under the tutelage of the City Council. It has a very modern character in terms of its programming, but also in relation to the building's architecture.
The Original Circo Theatre: Circo Villar Theatre
It responds to the model of building of the early 20th century, following the guidelines of the famous "circus theatres" that, from Paris, had spread through many European cities. It opened in 1892. Its first name – Villar Circus Theatre - referred to its owner, Enrique Villar. In those late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Circus competed with the Romea in its programming. One private, one public, both offered the same plays on their stages by different companies, so that viewers would judge which of them was best.
The versatility of the Circo Theatre: a swimming pool for the Bennet sisters
The Circus Theatre is a space that has undergone various modifications over the years. To its use as a theater and as a circus it is worth adding that this center was also used for boxing and wrestling evenings, equestrian shows, cinema, various public events and even exhibition of wild animals. The stage also became a large swimming pool, where the Bennett sisters could swim.
The Circo Theatre offers a programme of performances covering most theatrical genres and styles
The Circo Theatre offers a programme of performances that covers most theatrical genres and styles. From circus itself, to theatre, in its most diverse versions (children's, dramatic, alternative) through contemporary dance, alternative music, and even cinema, a modality in which the theatre lived in its last years. All of this within a plural, attractive, quality orientation, which places the city of Murcia at the cultural and scenic level it deserves.