THE 2019 SEASON

Poster with images of the 2019 season at the Cervantes Theatre

THE 2019 SEASON AT THE CERVANTES THEATRE

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.

Contemporary Spanish Theatre – Season II

Eyes of the Night Poster /  The play is on from 11 - 28 September 2019 at the Cervantes Theatre /  Wednesdays and Thursdays  in Spanish / Fridays and Saturdays in English

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 a woman, who supposedly has triumphed in life, and a 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 £15.00

Poster of the play Run which is a Rapid Production performed at the Cervantes Theatre on 4th and 5th October 2019

Run ! ¡Corre!

 

By Yolanda García Serrano

translated by Jessica Rainey

 
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.

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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: £6/£5 concs

(A Rapid Production is the full play, rehearsed over an abridged amount of time – typically 3 days . It contains most of the elements of a full production, including typically music, set, costume and full actor movement. Actors will however be using scripts)

Poster of the play Stupid People which is a Rapid Production performed at the Cervantes Theatre on 11th and 12th October 2019

Stupid People Gente Estúpida

 

By Daniela Fejerman

translated by Hayley O’Kell and María Bastianes

 

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: £6/£5 concs

(A Rapid Production is the full play, rehearsed over an abridged amount of time – typically 3 days . It contains most of the elements of a full production, including typically music, set, costume and full actor movement. Actors will however be using scripts)

Spanish Golden Age

Poster of a the play Courage, Outrage and Women performed as a reading at the Cervantes Theatre on October 18th and 19th 2019

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

Late Autumn Production

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 

Poster of the play the House of the Spirits being performed in Spanish and English at the Cervantes Theatre between October 28th and November 30th 2019