2020 has proven to be one of the most challenging years for the Cervantes Theatre and for the whole industry in general, but we have been working relentlessly to keep bringing you the best Spanish and Latin American theatre. This is why we decided to launch the Autumn Season as a series of online dramatised readings. The plays are translated, rehearsed in 2 days, filmed in 1 day and then streamed online for free so that you can watch them from the comfort of your home. The aim is to keep connecting with you all until we can safely reopen the doors of our theatre for public performances.
Thank you for your support and we can’t wait to welcome you back to the Cervantes Theatre soon.
TENANT (9 NUMANTIA STREET)
by Paco Gámez
Translated by Tim Gutteridge
Tenant (9 Numantia Street) is a play awarded in 2018 with the Calderón de la Barca Prize for being “an urgent text, necessary and committed to social reality and for its suggestive scenic language.”
Premiered in Spain at the National Dramatic Center in 2019, it now arrives in London in its English version.
Tenant is the drama of a citizen who is forced to leave his apartment due to a disproportionate rent increase. It is an epic comedy of these times of crisis: the economy will be destiny; the villain, a landlord we don’t know; the hero, a young man raised in abundance who comes of age when the housing bubble explodes.
There is a lot of humor to tell a story that is not funny at all. There will be a party.
ONLINE DRAMATISED READING
New Spanish Playwriting Season IV
17th SEP 7pm UK
I studied my degree in English Studies because of my love for English Literature. My writingis influenced by British theatre (In-yer-face, Shakespeare…). Reading my words translated into English is a great joy for me and the fact that the text is linked to the Cervantes Theatre is an honour because of their work in spreading Spanish new playwrighting.
Paco Gámez is a playwright, actor and director.
His plays include Katana, Theatre Authors Association “Jesús Campos”; 2019, Tenant (9 Numantia Street) awarded the Calderón de la Barca Award 2018 and Finalist forthe Best New Author for the Max Award 2019, Las Ratas, written for the VI Laboratory of Theatre Writing Sgae 2018, El suelo que sostiene a Hande, LAM Award 2017, Nana en el tejado, SGAE Award for Children’s Theatre 2016, C.H.A.P.M.A.N., written for the Dramaturgy Development Programme of the INAEM 2016, Autos (A road movie), Jesús Domínguez Award 2015 and El hombre en llamas, 2010 Dramatic Literature Award from the University of Seville.
In this season, Tenant (for which he is author, actor and director; and currently FINALIST TO THE BEST AUTHOR FOR THE MAX REVELATION AWARD) has premiered, with a production by the Centro Nacional Dramático (National Dramatic Centre), Katana (author) at the Pavón Kamikaze Theatre, Everlasting Love (director and playwright) at the Circo Theatre in Albacete. His plays Vírgenes and La Congadel Hater have also been performed on the Sánchez & Carbonell programme on the National Spanish TV channel La2 produced by La_Joven.
He is currently preparing a version of El perro del hortelano that will be premiered at the Gala Theatre in Washington D.C. and another play Las Calatravas, to be premiered at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid. He has also written a play that uses La Eneida for La_Joven as a starting point for the Teatro Circo Price in Madrid; and a collective play about Magallanes to be premiered at the Lope de Vega Theatre in Seville. Paco also participates in the New Dramaturgies Programme Donostia2016. His plays have been translated into English, French, Italian, Romanian, Portuguese and German. Paco Gámez has a degree in English Studies from the University of Jaén and Textual Interpretation from E.S.A.D. School of Dramatic Arts of Seville and a postgraduate degree in Entertainment Sciences from the University of Seville.
Play by Paco Gámez
Translated by Tim Gutteridge
Directed by Paula Paz
Lighting Designer Fernando Benito
Composer/Sound Designer Yaiza Varona
Camera Operator Liam Daly
Poster Photo Marcos G Punto