Antonio Banderas and his new theatre in Malaga

Antonio Banderas has just announced the latest on his new theatre in Malaga. The Teatro del Soho Caixabank will open with the musical A Chorus Line in early autumn. The famous Broadway classic will play in Malaga for three months before moving on to Madrid, Barcelona and the US.

As anyone who has walked down Calle Córdoba over the last few months will have noticed big changes are underfoot at the old Teatro Alameda. Antonio Banderas is behind the major refurb project to create a new theatre in Malaga. Refurbishment, costing in the region of €2.3 million, is well underway and due to finish in June. As well as a brand new look, the Teatro del Soho also has a great new logo.

A Chorus Line

One of the world’s best-known musicals, A Chorus Line premiered on Broadway in 1975, directed by Michael Bennett. The actress Baayork Lee played one of the main characters, Connie, who in the musical gets through the first round of auditions successfully. Banderas plans to co-direct the musical in Malaga with her.

A Chorus Line has parts for some 17 actors – Antonio Banderas himself will be playing one of them – and auditions for the exciting debut will take place in June. Local musicians will make the orchestra whose director will also be from Malaga, although his identity remains a secret so far.

The musical will premiere at the end of September, beginning of October and run for a full 3 months. This will give locals and tourists plenty of time to enjoy the foot-tapping show.

Banderas aims high

As well as one of the world’s most famous actors, Banderas is Malaga’s best-known celebrity. Malaga loves Banderas and it’s no secret that the feeling is mutual. At the press conference to announce A Chorus Line, Banderas said his new theatre in Malaga is “his baby”.

He has chosen the renowned Catalan director Lluis Pasqual to direct the Teatro del Soho. Pasqual described the project as “unique” and said their biggest challenge is to get locals to ask themselves “what they did before the Teatro del Soho”.

The theatre’s objective isn’t financial but to bring great theatre to Malaga (yey!). Banderas and Pasqual has plans for an eclectic mix of performances throughout the year. The new theatre has a large stage with capacity for 667 spectators and a smaller one with room for 200. We can’t wait to see the programme for 2019/20 and of course, get our seats for A Chorus Line!

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And while we’re waiting for tickets to go on sale, here’s a video clip of one of the most famous songs from A Chorus Line.

Photo credit for leader image: @abc Daniel Pérez