Lorca classic The House of Bernarda Alba (La Casa de Bernarda Alba) gets a major new production – with performances in both Spanish and English – at the custom-built Cervantes Theatre, the new home for Spanish and Latin American drama in London. Have a look at our sneak-peek trailer and full casting news – then get booking!
After the success of its opening season, including last month’s world premiere of The Swallow by one of today’s leading Spanish playwrights, Guillem Clua, the Cervantes Theatre returns to the classics with this major new production of Federico García Lorca‘s 1936 masterpiece The House of Bernarda Alba, care of the resident Spanish Theatre Company.
Directed by artistic director Jorge de Juan, The House of Bernarda Alba runs from 23 October to 2 December 2017, with English-language performances Thursdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm and a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm, and Spanish-language performances Mondays to Wednesdays at 7.30pm, with a Wednesday matinee at 2.30pm.
The Spanish Theatre Company continues its mission to present all of Lorca’s work with this fresh take on Lorca’s story of a family of women in 1930s Spain, dominated and repressed by the matriarch, Bernarda Alba. In a subtitle, Lorca describes the play as “a drama of women in the villages of Spain”. The House of Bernarda Alba was Lorca’s last play, completed on 19 June 1936, two months before his death during the Spanish Civil War; he was summarily executed by supporters of General Franco, in Granada.
Born on 5 June 1898 in Fuente Vaqueros, Spain, Federico García Lorca is considered one of Spain’s greatest poets and dramatists. In the 1930s, he spent much of his time working on plays, including a folk drama trilogy Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding), Yerma and La Casa de Bernarda Alba (The House of Bernarda Alba).
In the cross-cast 15-strong company forThe House of Bernarda Alba, the English cast are Jimena Larraguivel, Maite Jauregui, Mary Conlon (Bernarda), Joanna Kate Rodgers, Gilly Daniels, Pia Laborde, Candela Gomez, Carolina Herran, Moir Leslie and Beth Smith; and the Spanish cast are Jimena Larraguivel, Judith Arkwright, Teresa Cendon, Amparo Climent (Bernarda), Maite Jauregui, Pia Laborde, Lucia Espin, Mayca Estevez, Candela Gomez and Carolina Herran.