Many theatre fans would imagine musicals to date back to the beginning of the last century, with Broadway and London stages - and then the silver screen - dramatically telling epic tales of romance, gangsters and heroic deeds through catchy tunes.
However, Elche can boast a much older musical. The city’s grand Baroque basillica becomes the spectacular setting of the Elche Mystery Play honouring the death and passage into Heaven of the Virgin Mary. The play has been performed since the mid-15th century and is so impressive that it was the first Spanish festival to receive the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity award.
This theatrical performance in the church, main square and historic city centre streets takes place on August 14 and 15.
Open rehearsals of the Elche Mystery Play are held on 11th, 12th and 13th August.