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.

The Cervantes Theatre is a registered charity, and any donation or subscription towards our Friends Scheme will ensure that our theatre stays open after this crisis has passed.

Thank you for your support and we can’t wait to welcome you back to the Cervantes Theatre soon.

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THE PUBLIC

by Federico García Lorca

The Public was written in 1930, but it was only released 56 years later. It is considered one of the most important plays of Spanish theatre of the 20th century.It is a Surrealist play, which is ambiguous as we move between hallucination and dramatic reality. It studies repressed homosexual desires and it defends the right to erotic freedom. The play falls into the genre of Lorca’s Impossible theatre with such plays as: Así que pasen cinco años and La Comedia sin título.

 

 

 

ONLINE DRAMATISED READING

Learning from our classics I

3rd DEC 7pm UK

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Federico García Lorca

Born in Fuente Vaqueros (Granada), he was a Spanish poet, playwright and prose writer assigned to the generation of 27. He was the most influential and popular poet in 20th century Spanish literature. As a playwright, he is considered one of the masters of twentieth-century Spanish theatre, along with Valle-Inclán and Buero Vallejo. He was assassinated by the rebels a month after the coup d’état at the start of the Spanish civil war.

He wrote both poetry and theatre, although in recent years he focused more on the latter, staging as well as writing plays. In his first books of poetry he showed himself rather modernist, following in the footsteps of Antonio Machado, Rubén Darío and Salvador Rueda. Later, he combined Modernism with the Avant-garde, starting from a traditional base.

As for his theatrical work, Lorca used lyrical, mythical, and symbolic features, and went to both popular song and Calderonian excesses or to puppet theatre. In his theatre the visual is as important as the linguistic, and drama always predominates.

Today Federico García Lorca is the most widely read Spanish poet of all time and on November 11, 2008 the Library of the Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo was opened under the name of Federico García Lorca.

 

THE PUBLIC

Play by  Federico García Lorca

CAST

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Jorge de Juan

Camera Operator Liam Daly

Lighting Designer Fernando Benito

Composer/Sound Designer Yaiza Varona

Set Designer Ángel Haro

CERVANTES THEATRE TEAM

Artistic Director Jorge de Juan

Associate Director Paula Paz

House Manager Puerto Baker

Production Manager Santiago Cabrero

Graphic Design José Luis Hidalgo