The origin of the Chapi Theatre is in the year 1885, when the first circuss-theatre was built with this name in Villena. It bears the name of the distinguished composer Ruperto Chapí, born in Villena in 1851 and the author of the famous zarzuelas like “La Revoltosa”, “La Bruja”, “La Tempestad” and operas like “Margarita La Tornera”.

In 1980, the lack of security measures forced his demolition, for years after start the construction of the actual theatre, open in 1925. Properly to the long period of construction, have many different architect styles. Then the two sides façades and the scenery box belongs to the valencian Jose Maria Manuel Cortina, is a neomudejar style. However, the shortage fo money to built the ambitious proyect of Cortina make to stop the construction in 1919. After this, they give way some spaces of the circulo mercantile Agricola casino, what suppose new money to end the construction, restart also by the valencian architect Garin brothers, who realised the main façade in neoclassic style.

The Villena´s town hall proced to its renovation during the 90 century, reopening to the public in april in 1999, nowadays being one of the most important theaters in the Valencian Community.


Address: C/ Luciano López Ferrer, 17
Tel. Admón. 96 581 47 50
Ticket office: 96 580 83 49

Ir a la web del teatro


Guided tours are held for individual audiences and groups one Sunday a month. Interested reserve in Tourist Info Villena – 96 615 02 36 or

Guided tours for groups of 15 or more:
Tuesday to Sunday morning, always by reservation at Tourist Info Villena (96 615 02 36) or Tourist Info Castillo de Villena (96 580 38 93). Visits will be subject to theater availability.

Precio: 1€ (0.50€ with discount)


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  • July 21st
  • August 18th
  • September 3rd
  • October 6th
  • November 24th
  • December 8th