The 2019 season, sponsored once again by Acción Cultural Española, comprises the New Spanish Playwriting Season III, the Spanish Contemporary Theatre Season II, for the first time, a late Autumn reading of a Spanish Golden Age work.

In 2019, we are staging plays that are written by women and this season continues this. Most are also directed by women, with in total 7 female authors, 6 female directors and 5 female translators showcasing (plus around 20 actresses).

Everything shown in this programme will be available in both English and Spanish on different days.

Rapid Productions – New Spanish Playwriting Season III

On/From Debris Des(de) Los Escombros

By María Prado

Translated by Simon Breden

I’m young. Well not so young (at my age my grandmother, my mother had done..    had..). Still I consider myself young. I try to imagine myself in four of five years time. The image is blurry, changing, confused. I talk over and over again to my (still) young friends, obsessing over progress…. to where ? Because things should get better shouldn’t they ? That’s what they taught me. The milkmaid dropping her milk pail in the children’s story hurts me.

This is a Cervantes Theatre Rapid Production:  

Friday 24th May 2019 7.30pm in Spanish, Saturday 25th May 2019 7.30pm in English

Ticket Prices: £15 / £12 concs

The Old Masters Los Viejos Maestros

By Eva Hibernia

Translated by Clare Nimmo

Five people, two women and three men, meet at a campsite by the sea. Within 24 hours, everything surfaces, the miracle of love, passion, seduction and the desire for money. Malena and the old man, Professor Boyer,  have arrived at the site as a final stop in the shipwreck of their voyage together with the secret aim of selling the site.

Malena’s beauty and magnetism relieve the boredom for Iván and for Miquel, the village doctor.  For her part, Sofia, the niece who survived the 11M terrorist attacks, taking refuge in this corner of the world and, in love with the doctor, watches these people search for each other and repel each other in a game in which she can’t participate. Who are these old masters and what can they teach her ? What are we ready to risk when life throws us her final opportunity ?

This is a Cervantes Theatre Rapid Production:  

Friday 31st May 2019 7.30pm  in Spanish, Saturday 1st June 2019 7.30pm in English

Ticket Prices: £15 / £12 concs

Fourth Monkey at the Cervantes Theatre

Fourth Monkey at the Cervantes Theatre  

Following a number of creative collaborations between the two organisations in recent years and after a first season at the theatre last year, Fourth Monkey and the Cervantes Theatre are delivering another season of Spanish and Latin American work with the final year students on Fourth Monkey’s Two Year Rep Accelerated Actor Training programme. 

Fourth Monkey artistic director Steven Green says of the project: “ever since meeting Jorge De Juan and realising his vision for The Cervantes Theatre it has been a shared desire of ours to collaborate on a project with our students here. Jorge has previously directed two of our student productions, quite notably the celebrated Lorca classic The Public. But this is an exciting new annual project for us that we look forward to developing as we move forward. It’s imperative to us and the training objectives of our inspirational Director of Training Charleen Qwaye that our students work with diverse texts and with an international outlook. With a multi-lingual and diverse cohort of students what better way to celebrate diversity in our work than to work with texts not originally in the english language. This for all of us is a joy and we cannot wait to see what our students produce.”  

Thursday 4th July 19:30, Friday 5th July 14:30, Friday 5th July 19:30 

Ticket prices: £14 full, £10 concs  

Contemporary Spanish Theatre – Season II

The Eyes of the Night Los ojos de la noche


written by Paloma Pedrero

translated by Catherine Boyle

Life is full of moments of change that can pop up at anytime. An unexpected encounter between an older woman, who supposedly has triumphed in life, and a young blind man who she has hired to spend a few hours in a hotel with can be the trigger for a new life. Both will have to be able to open up and let themselves go with the flow…


Performances 11th – 28th September 2019 at 7.30pm, Tickets from £12.50

Tickets for these performances are on sale shortly. Please ring the box office on 0203 633 4406 if you would like to pre-register



Run ! ¡Corre!

By Yolanda García Serrano

There are siblings that hurt you, and Kico, who reappears to disturb the life of his only sister Emma, is one of these. Kico, who learnt to run before he could walk. First in front of his mother, later in front of his teachers and much later in front of the police. In contrast, Emma was always a good girl who learnt to protect herself from the disputes that racked her family. Why is it that siblings can be so different ?

 RUN ! takes place over the time period of a year, from winter when, for the first time in a long time, Emma visits her brother in prison, to spring when Kico’s desire to run will determine both of their futures. «Nothing attracts you like the bad person» is the phrase that hovers over the relationship between the brother and sister. Why ? Because it’s as true as it’s painful.


This is a Cervantes Theatre Rapid Production:  

Friday 4th October 2019 7.30pm  in Spanish, Saturday 5th October 2019 7.30pm in English

Ticket Prices: £15 / £12 concs

Tickets for these shows go on sale soon. Please ring the box office on 0203 633 4406 to preregister

Stupid People Gente Estúpida

By Daniela Fejerman

Two brothers who argue as to who should care for their lonely mother, a couple who sleep together again after a year of separation, a pregnant policewoman, a British father who aims to pick up his son on his birthday, a desperate man who assaults an off-roader driven by a local dignitary. This is a comedy about stupidity, which knows no economic or social barriers. For there are stupid people in all societies, throughout all ages of all sexes, religions and races. But do we stop to think about this ?

This is a Cervantes Theatre Rapid Production:  

Friday 11th October 2019 7.30pm  in Spanish, Saturday 12th October 2019 7.30pm in English

Ticket Prices: £15 / £12 concs

Tickets go on sale for this show shortly. Please ring 0203 633 4406 to preregister

Spanish Golden Age

Courage, Outrage and Woman Valor, agravio y mujer

By Ana Caro de Mallén

translated by Catherine Boyle

The heroine, Leonor has been abandoned by her lover, Juan. She disguises herself as a man in order to challenge him with the hope of restoring her lost honour through his death. Following him over the seas, she becomes caught in a lover triangle (courting, as a man, her rival Estela) and successfully manipulates everybody she meets.

Friday 18th October  2019 7.30pm  in Spanish, Saturday 19th October 2019 7.30pm in English

Ticket Prices: £15 / £12 concs

Tickets for this reading go on sale shortly. To pre-register please call 0203 663 4406