In recent years, Buenos Aires has seen a phenomenal resurgence in theatrical productions that rivals Broadway or the West End. There are more than 150 productions to see ranging from popular musicals to independent works by Spanish playwrights – you can even see Spanish-language Shakespeare should you fancy it. The Avenida Corrientes houses the city’s most glittering productions and tickets can be purchased, using cash, at the theatre’s boleteria (box office) or by phone if you want to pay by card.
Buenos Aires Theatres Travel Guide
Generous government grants has meant that the fringe theatre scene is booming so head to the San Telmo district to see the factories, bars, houses and bookshops that have been converted into makeshift theatres.
There has also been a resurgence in the popular Revista Portena cabaret show where showgirls and slapstick comediennes share the stage with people reciting monologues, sketches and satires of politicians.
1. Teatro Cervantes
Libertad 815, entre Cordoba y Paraguay, Tribunales. Telephone – 4815 8880
State run and 80-years old, this grand, old-fashioned theatre contains two auditoriums showing Latin-American, dance, foreign works and Spanish theatre. Tickets range from AR$5-10 and the theatre is closed in January.
2. Teatro Colon
Avenida Corrientes 857, entre Suipacha y Esmerelda, Centro. Telephone – 4322 8000
One of the world’s greatest opera houses, with almost perfect acoustics according to the experts. Opera, ballet and classical music is all on offer with 10 full opera’s being produced every year with at least five performances of each taking place. Even if you don’t want to see a production, make sure you book a tour and explore the great building anyway. Tickets range from AR$5 (standing only) to AR$100+ (for boxes). Closed January.
3. Teatro Gran Rex
Avenida Corrientes 857, entre Suipacha y Esmeralda, Centro. Telephone – 4322 8000
This grand venue has a 3,500 person capacity and is the place to see the most popular musicals and live performers such as Boy George!
4. Teatro Liceo
Avenida Rivadavia 1494, y Parana, Congreso. Telephone – 4381 4291
The oldest theatre in the city is still producing numerous productions after 140 years. Come and see a range of classic works and Spanish music concerts with tickets ranging from AR$10-35.
5. Teatro General San Martin
Avenida Corrientes 1350, entre Parana y Montevideo, Tribunales. Telephone – 0800 3335254
An impressive modern venue that houses several auditoriums, you can see the best contemporary dance-troops here as well as childrens’ theatre, Argentinean plays and classics from the pen of Pinter. Tickets are AR$2,50 – 8.
6. El Porton de Sanchez
Sanchez de Bustamante 1034. Telephone – 4803 2848
One of the city’s most innovative fringe theatres it shows a range of experimental works, some of which have caused controversy in recent years. Tickets are AR$5-10.