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Family theater struggles to avoid final curtain call in Spain

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Actress Maria Pastor gets her hair done backstage by her mother Teresa Valentin before 'Tres Anos,' a show set in the 1930's between the two World Wars, at the Teatro Guindalera family theater on Nov. 3 in Madrid, Spain.

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Actress Maria Pastor rehearses on stage before getting dressed for 'Tres Anos,' a show set in the 1930's between the two World Wars, at the Teatro Guindalera family theater on Nov. 3 in Madrid, Spain.

Getty Images reports -- Teresa Valentin and her husband Juan Pastor run the small Guindalera theater in Madrid, Spain. Their daughter Maria is the theater's main actress. Before the Spanish crisis, the theater received subsidies through the Caja Madrid cultural program, now part of the Bankia group bailed out by the Spanish government. For two years, the theater has had to survive on its own, without any bank or government subsidies, and the recent nearly three-fold tax hike on theater-ticket sales is not making it easier to survive. With theaters around them closing down, the Teatro Guindalera is surviving for the moment because it is family-run. Juan Pastor, who is also the director, producer and script writer, says he is in doubts whether the theater will still be around next year. Still, he says, "As a poet cannot stop writing poetry, an actor can not stop acting." If he has to stop, Pastor says he would start a theater at home.

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Teresa Valentin checks the tickets from people arriving for 'Tres Anos' on Nov. 3 in Madrid, Spain.

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Actors, from left, Maria Pastor, Jose Maya, Jose Bustos, Raul Fernandez and Alicia Gonzalez play in 'Tres Anos', a show set in the 1930's between the two World Wars, at the Teatro Guindalera family theater on Nov. 3 in Madrid, Spain.

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The public watches as actress Maria Pastor, left, plays alongside Alicia Gonzalez in 'Tres Anos.'

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