The Teatro Nacional Cervantes (Cervantes National Theatre), officially inaugurated in 1921, was the realisation of the lifetime dream of its two creators, the Spanish actress María Guerrero and her husband Fernando Díaz de Mendoza, also an actor.
The Teatro Nacional Cervantes has three theatres, the main stage being the María Guerrero Theatre in the Italian style with a capacity of 870 spectators. The Orestes Cavigli Theatre is smaller and has a more intimate feel with its three rows of mudéjar style seats. It can accommodate 150 spectators. The Luisa Vehíl Theatre was inspired by the Salón María Luisa del Palacio de Oriente in Madrid. It is also known as the Golden Salon due to its decor and can seat 120 people.
Rubens W. Correa is the current director of the Teatro Nacional Cervantes, which retains its position as the national centre for the dramatic arts.