The purpose of the conference is to promote effectively and accurately the real dimension of the festival and the high artistic standards of the Spanish companies invited to the festival, now in its 36th
year. Almagro Festival was established on the initiative of theatre scholars who regarded this town in the Calatrava area as an ideal setting with its centuries-old theatre, the Corral de Comedias, for hosting critical thinking on what the Golden Age theatre meant in the past and what it could represent in the future. Throughout its thirty-five years of life, the Festival has brought together leading authorities year after year to reflect not only on the prestige of Spanish classical theatre but on the splendid English Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre and the French Cartesian neoclassical theatre, with magnificent stagings of all of them.
Prestigious Spanish and foreign theatre critics are taking part in this conference, invited by highly significant organisations specialising in communication and dissemination of the performing arts in their respective countries. AC/E supports the attendance of six participants in the framework of the Visitors Programme of the PICE.