by Pablo Sorozábal
Libretto by Francisco Serrano Anguita
Libretto adapted by Ignacio García
Directed by Paula Paz
Music Direction by Ricardo Gosalbo

20-24 SEP Cervantes Theatre

This Cervantes Theatre production will be at the Arcola Theatre as part of the Grimeborn Festival 2nd – 6th August 2022 and at the Cervantes Theatre 20th – 24th September.

Esta producción del Cervantes Theatre se representará en el Arcola Theatre como parte del Grimeborn Festival del 2 al 6 de agosto y en el Cervantes Theatre del 20 al 24 de septiembre.


Exiled from a country immersed in civil war, two clowns find themselves in the heart of the Parisian underworld at a time of revolution.

Black, el Payaso / Black, the Clown is one of Pablo Sorozábal‘s most ambitious and wide-ranging work. An ingenious allegory of art and nationalist politics, its sharp and political edge that remains relevant today. The libretto is based on the French novel La princesse aux clowns by Jean-José Frappa.

This Spanish operetta / zarzuela first premiered in Spain in 1942.  This Cervantes Theatre production directed by Paula Paz marks its UK premiere.

Dos payasos en el exilio procedentes de un país inmerso en una guerra civil se hallan en el corazón de los bajos fondos parisinos en tiempos de revolución.

Black, el Payaso es uno de los trabajos más ambiciosos y de más amplio alcance de Pablo Sorozábal. Es una alegoría ingeniosa del arte y de la política nacionalista, de una agudeza política que sigue estando vigente hoy en día. El libreto se inspira en la novela francesa La princesse aux clowns de Jean-José Frappa.

Esta opereta / zarzuela se estrenó en España en 1942 y ahora se estrena en el Reino Unido con esta novedosa producción del Cervantes Theatre dirigida por Paula Paz.

Dramatised readings


by Carolina Román

The online dramatized reading for Broken Toys by Carolina Román has been postponed to a later date which we will announce shortly.

La representación online de la lectura dramatizada de Juguetes rotos de Carolina Román se traslada a una nueva fecha que se anunciará en breve.


by Clara Díaz Suárez

20 OCT


by Lope de Vega


Digital Content

In Conversation

We continue with our digital series of ‘In Conversation’, in which our Artistic Director Paula Paz will interview some of the most prominent artists and professionals from the theatre scene in Spain. 

You’ll be able to watch all the conversations here:


Paco Bezerra


The Little Pony / El Pequeño Poni

Lucía Carballal


An American Life / Una vida americana

Carolina África


Summer in December / Verano en Diciembre

Paloma Pedrero


The eyes of the Night / Los ojos de la noche

Jesús Cimarro


Fefa Noia

Theatre Director


Guillermo Heras

Theatre Director



Online Dramatised Readings and Q&A

Premio Ana Caro de Teatro II Edición

Clara Díaz Suarez es la ganadora del II Premio Ana Caro de literatura dramática, con su obra Canción para un niño descalzo. El premio ha sido fallado por Cervantes Theatre y Ediciones Antígona en el Salón del Libro Teatral en El CENTRO DRAMÁTICO NACIONAL.
La obra será traducida al inglés, publicada en edición bilingüe y representada en el Cervantes Theatre. Enhorabuena!
Clara Díaz Suarez is the winner of the II Ana Caro Award for her play Canción para un niño descalzo.
The play will be translated and published in a bilingual edition and performed in London at the Cervantes Theatre. Congratulations!

Direct Your Future



Support programme for young directors

The Cervantes Theatre has launched its first development programme for young directors called Direct Your Future. After a selection process, we are happy to introduce you to the 6 emerging directors that will have the opportunity to develop their craft with this scheme. We are offering them a paid week of rehearsals at the theatre with actors so that they can explore their proposed project and a mentorship scheme to support them along the way.

“We can not afford to lose our youngest generation of artists. The future may seem dark and uncertain for many of them but we are here to offer our support and guidance, giving them voice and space within an international creative context and telling them that they are valued and needed”

Paula Paz, cofounder and Artistic Director of the Cervantes Theatre.


Acting Classes

Photo of class of 5 students engaged in acting classes


As of Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

The classes are in Spanish and are suitable for both native Spanish speakers and non-Spanish speakers who have a good level of Spanish. Minimum age is 17/No Maximum

Las clases se imparten en español y son aptas tanto para hispano hablantes como para personas para quienes el español no es su primera lengua pero que tienen un buen nivel del mismo. La edad mínima requerida es  de 17  años  o más (nuestro participante anterior de mas edad tiene 65 años).




The Cervantes Theatre runs a friends scheme that enables people to support the charity to continue providing top quality theatre. Productions in off-west end theatres in London cannot be put on solely through ticket sales (prices would have to roughly double for this to be the case) and so every play requires money to be found from elsewhere. We are deeply grateful to our main corporate and institutional sponsors, whose logos with links to their websites are on the bottom of every page of this website together with Arts Council England for their support

The Friends scheme is designed for individuals who want to help us. In exchange we offer a range of benefits including discounts on ticket and bar prices. Read more here

Photo of class of 5 students engaged in acting classes
Photo of class of 5 students engaged in acting classes
Photo of class of 5 students engaged in acting classes

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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.


Photo of school involved in workshop on the set of Yerma at the Cervantes Theatre


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Cervantes Theatre Arch 26 229 Union Street London SE1 0LR