The House of the Spirits La Casa de los Espíritus
By Caridad Svich after Isabel Allende
“The House of the Spirits,” published in 1982, is a National Bestseller and Isabel Allende’s debut novel which catapulted her to literary stardom. When Isabel Allende’s novel first appeared on the international literary scene, it was widely heralded as a feminist response to Gabriel García Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude”; it continues to this day to captivate readers across the world as it has been translated in over 20 languages.
Charting the rise and fall of the Trueba family in an un-named Latin American country (reminiscent of Chile), Caridad Svich’s play spans the 1920s through the 1970s, as the country moves through enormous sociopolitical changes that culminate in a devastating dictatorship. The play is told from the sensorial point of view of the youngest of three generation of women, Alba, who is held as the play opens, in a torture room by the government. The swirling memories, frightening and amusing, lyrical and fantastic, illuminate the stage as Alba records her family’s history and ultimately finds the strength to recover her own story. This new re-imagining of “The House of the Spirits” is a bold and daring theatre piece that captures the force and sensuality of Allende’s vision through Caridad Svich’s unique poetic spirit.
In Spanish – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 28th October – 28th November 2019 7.30pm , Saturday 2nd and 16th November 2019 at 7.30pm plus various matinees
In English – Thursday, Friday, Saturday 31st October – 30th November 2019 7.30pm (except Saturday 2nd/16th November 2019)
Ticket Prices: from £20 / £17.50 concs
Courage, Outrage and Woman Valor, agravio y mujer
By Ana Caro de Mallén
Translated by Catherine Boyle
THESE PERFORMANCES ARE READINGS
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: £6/ £5 concs
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ACTING CLASSES/CLASES DE INTERPRETACIÓN
From September 16th 2019 – Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced
THE 1ST ANA CARO PRIZE
The 1st Ana Caro Prize aims to support, promote and internationalise modern day Spanish Drama
PREMIO ANA CARO – EDICIÓN I
El I PREMIO ANA CARO DE TEATRO 2019, tiene como finalidad apoyar, promocionar y difundir internacionalmente la dramaturgia en lengua española más actual
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The Cervantes Theatre stages numerous Spanish language plays throughout the year from both Spanish and Latin American playwrights. The productions are performed in Spanish on Monday-Tuesday, and in English Wednesday-Saturday. Our weekly Tuesday matinees are ideal for school groups wishing to visit our 88 seat venue.
All schools who wish to be involved with the programme will be provided with our educational pack a few weeks before the trip, which includes information on our current production and interactive workshops which can be carried out in class either before or after seeing the play.
Visits also include a pre or post-show talk with a member of the creative team, who will talk about the creative process and discuss issues surrounding the play.