THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA
LA CASA DE BERNARDA ALBA
23rd October – 9th December
23 de octubre – 9 de diciembre
The House of Bernarda Alba explores themes of repression, passion and conformity through the depiction of a matriarch’s domination of her five daughters. Described by the author as “a drama of women in the villages of Spain”, the deliberate exclusion of any male character from the action helps build the high level of sexual tension that is present throughout this masterpiece.
Written in 1936 just before the civil war broke out, the play was first performed in Buenos Aires in 1945. It was banned in Spain until 1963, partly because of its political implications and partly because the behaviour and language of the characters was regarded as shockingly immoral. A small theatre club was allowed to put on a single performance in 1950, but the regime tried to ensure that it would be given no publicity.
Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) , poet and dramatist, was one of the greatest Spanish writers of the 20th century. He was killed by nationalist troops at the age of thirty-eight at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War and two months after completing The House of Bernarda Alba
Concessions (Under 25, Over 65) £15
23rd October – 9th December
Spanish language performances/ Representaciones en español
Monday – Wednesday / Lunes – Miércoles
English language performances/ Representaciones en ingles
Thursday – Saturday / Jueves – Sábado
PLEASE NOTE: An extra week has been added of Spanish performances, from 4th-9th December. All performances this week will be in Spanish (Monday – Saturday).
‘Our journey with Federico García Lorca continues. Following ‘Blood Wedding’, which we opened the theatre with, and our season of Dramatised Readings of his early work as a playwright, we now arrive at ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’ in which “the poet informs us that these 3 acts have the intention of being a photographic documentary”.
Nobody could photograph the many creases of these human souls better than Federico.
And this is what we’ve wanted to do with this amazing cast of 15 actresses, of various nationalities, who in just one month have succeeded in filling the Cervantes Theatre with Lorca’s words, in Spanish and in English.
In this play we witness the harsh reality of “a drama about women in the villages of Spain”, Lorca did not base the play in a Andalusian town, but in a place that could be any of my country’s towns during the 1930s.
Bernarda, like many women of her era, worries about what people will say, about modesty, about the purity of her daughters, about the cleanliness of her soul and her house: “I don’t pry into people’s feelings, but I do want to keep up appearances and have harmony in the family”.
‘Breathing Lorca’ was the title of a workshop we did for one school in London and that is what we want to do with the Spanish Theatre Company, continue breathing Lorca and bringing to life the passion and words of our most loved poet and dramatic writer for a British audience and for the Spanish and Latin American community in this country.
Federico García Lorca is pure theatre: he is water, fire and air, light and darkness, the whinny of a horse which gallops towards the gypsy moon of his childhood; Federico is music and he is silence: “Silence I said, silence”.
Jorge de Juan
Jorge de Juan
Jorge is a renowned Spanish producer, director, and actor.
He is co-founder of the Spanish Theatre Company (London) and Artistic Director of The Cervantes Theatre
He trained at the Royal School of Dramatic Art of Madrid (Acting) and the British Theatre Association (Directing and Producing).
Directing credits include: The Public and The Grain Store (Fourth Monkey); End of the Rainbow; Dracula; The 39 Steps (Spanish production); The Woman in Black (Spanish production). As Dramaturg: She Said(English National Ballet). At the Cervantes Theatre he has directed Bodas de Sangre/Blood Wedding and El Juez de los divorcios/The Judge of the Divorces
As an actor he has appeared in more than 20 plays, 30 films and TV series, having played the lead in over 30 projects. Some of the credits include: (Theatre) Blood Wedding, Calígula, Oedipus, Macbeth, Richard III, The 39 Steps. (Feature Films), Talk of Angels, Open your Eyes, One of the Hollywood Ten. He has worked with both Spanish and foreign directors.
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JIMENA LARRAGUIVEL (CRIADA ENGLISH AND SPANISH)
Jimena Larraguivel is a Mexican-British actor who launched her stage career with award-winning theatre company Ten Ten Theatre (National Tour). Screen credits include: ‘Babies’ (2nd Prize Best Film 32nd International Catholic Film Multimedia Festival), ‘Conscript’ (Guildhall Pictures), ‘Apple Tree Yard’ (BBC), ‘Nine Mile Creek’ (Almería Western Film Festival).
JUDITH ARKWRIGHT (MARIA JOSEFA SPANISH)
Jude Arkwright began her acting career 8 years ago. She has appeared in productions for London Bubble Theatre including ‘Docks to Desktops’ and ‘After Hiroshima’. In 2013 she joined the Old Vic Community Company, appearing in ‘Housed’, ‘Ages’ and ‘Rise’ as well as pop-up pieces.
She is a member of Wastenot Theatre.
TERESA CENDÓN (ANGUSTIAS SPANISH)
Teresa is a Spanish actress who studied at the CSSD. As well as appearing in a wide range of short films, documentaries and TV commercials , Teresa has had the privilege of performing in London in plays such as ‘The Challenging Tide’, ‘The Story of a Staircase’, ‘Seven Seconds’ & ‘Blood Wedding’.
AMPARO CLIMENT (BERNARDA SPANISH)
Amparo is a multidisciplinary artist, who studied Fine Arts and Acting at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is also a scriptwriter, playwright and documentary film director. She won the Medalla de Oro for “Real Círculo Artístico” Barcelona, Best Leading Actress at Ayuntamiento y Ercilla de Teatro and the Agustín González Theatre Award in 2011.
MAITE JAUREGUI (ADELA ENGLISH AND SPANISH)
Maite is a US-Spanish actress who has played numerous roles in Spanish TV and after training at RADA in London has since participated in several theatre productions and TV series in the UK. She has co-created an Arts Council England funded one woman show with Pau Aran which will premiere in 2018.
MARY CONLON (BERNARDA ENGLISH)
Mary is delighted to be back at the Cervantes Theatre where she played The Mother in ‘Blood Wedding’. She has just finished two short films and ‘Dancing Alone’ won an award for best drama. . She has played many classical roles in Shakespeare, toured extensively and appeared on television including costume drama, ‘Eastenders’ and ‘Holby City’.
JOANNA KATE RODGERS (ANGUSTIAS ENGLISH)
Joanna’s career started at 17 years with a lead in a short, which was screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival. She has worked on numerous features and shorts, including collaborations with award winning director Marco Sanges. Her most recent role was the lead in award winning director Stanislava Buevich’s ‘Self-Control’.
GILLY DANIELS (MARIA JOSEFA ENGLISH)
Gilly returns to the Cervantes stage after her success earlier this year in ‘Darwin’s Tortoise’. She was seen here again in The New Spanish Playwriting festival translation of ‘Summer in December’. She has just been working with comedian Michael McIntyre on his BBC 1 ‘The Big Show,’ which will air this November.
PIA LABORDE (AMELIA ENGLISH AND SPANISH)
Pía Laborde Noguez is a Franco-Mexican actress. She graduated from RADA with a BA in Acting in 2012. Past work includes ‘In the Beginning was the End’ (Dreamthinkspeak), ‘Boat’ (Pigdog), ‘The Tempest’ (Norfolk Theatre Fesitval), as well as ‘The Seagull’ (Burgundy, France) and Mexican film ‘Los Paisajes’ by Rodrigo Cervantes.
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LUCIA ESPÍN (MARTIRIO SPANISH)
Born in Madrid, 1987. A graduate of Cristina Rota. Her theatre work includes ‘Que no he muerto’ (José Sámano 2013), ‘Yerma’ by Federico García Lorca (Miguel Narros 2014), ‘ La Gitanilla’ by Miguel de Cervantes (Sonia Sebastián, Festival Clásico de Alcalá 2015) and ‘Bodas de Sangre’ by García Lorca (Jorge de Juan, London 2016).
MAYCA ESTÉVEZ (PONCIA SPANISH)
Mayca Estévez, started her acting career at the early age of 11 in her home town, Vigo (Spain). Later, putting acting to one side, she joined the Spanish Foreign Service. Two years ago she returned to the stage performing in ‘Blood Wedding’ and ‘Verano en Diciembre’.
CANDELA GÓMEZ (MAGDALENA ENGLISH AND SPANISH)
Candela Gomez is a bilingual actress from Malaga. She trained at Juan Carlos Corazza’s Actors Studio.She has appeared in Theatre Productions such as ‘The Trojan Women’, ‘Lysistrata’, ‘Blood Wedding’, and ‘The Judge of the Divorces’. Candela plays a leading role in the Musical Feature Film ‘SOLO!’ directed by Nic Cornwall.
CAROLINA HERRAN (PRUDENCIA ENGLISH AND SPANISH)
Carolina trained in New York and in London and holds an MA in Acting from ArtsEd. She is a member of Althea Theatre. Credits include: ‘One Last Thing (For Now)’ (Old Red Lion Theatre), ‘Serpent of The Sea’ (CASA Latin American Theatre Festival) and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (Southwark Playhouse, rehearsed reading).
MOIR LESLIE (PONCIA ENGLISH)
Moir has worked extensively in theatre. She has recorded over 300 productions for BBC radio and was a regular in The Archers. Television work includes The Bill, Pride and Prejudice, Unexplained Laughter, Grafters and Dalziel & Pascoe. Films; Remote, The Secret, Vigilante. Recently: Slebs, Dear Liar, Mary Broome and Three Generation of Women.
BETH SMITH (MARTIRIO ENGLISH)
Beth Smith trained with Fourth Monkey Theatre Company performing in ‘Tamburlaine the Great’ and ‘The Public’. Her experience includes working with ZSL London Zoo and forming theatre company Scram Collective, performing ‘Whimsy’ at Theatre N16 this year. She is a burlesque artist and keeps herself firmly off the ground as a rock climber.
Director – Jorge de Juan
Production Coordinator – Isabella Ley
Set designer – Ángel Haro
Costume designer – Isabel de Moral
Lighting designer – Jonathan Jewett
Music – Javier “Peke” Rodríguez
Graphic designer – Alberto Iniesta