The Teatro Real has been forced to cancel this Sunday’s performance of Un ballo in maschera, Verdi’s opera with which the Madrid coliseum opened the season last Friday, due to a large protest from the audience caused by the lack of social distance.

According to El País in several categories up to 15 seats were occupied in a row and the spectators showed their displeasure to the ushers as soon as they saw that there were no separation seats between those who attended separately. In a statement, the institution said that there was a capacity of 51.5%, i.e. 905 seats occupied.

The atmosphere became increasingly heated and many of those present began to kick and clap their hands to show their discontent. The anger reached such a point that those responsible for the theatre decided to announce over the loudspeaker that the performance would be delayed so that anyone who wanted to could leave the hall and claim their ticket money back, which caused a chaos in the hall. Finally, the performance was cancelled.

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