Post-show talk for Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits at London's Cervantes Theatre

New post-show talk: Join Terri for the stage adaptation of Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits

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I’m delighted to return to the Cervantes Theatre, London’s home of Spanish and Latin American drama, for my last of three post-show Q&As in the 2019 season. After new original plays The Reality and The Eyes of the Night, I’m back for this much-anticipated page-to-stage adaptation.

Winner of the 2011 American Theatre Critics Prize, The House of the Spirits is a theatre adaptation of the 1982 novel of the same name that catapulted Chilean writer Isabel Allende to literary stardom.

Charting the rise and fall of the Trueba family in an unnamed Latin American country (reminiscent of Chile), The House of the Spirits spans the 1920s through the 1970s, as the country moves through enormous sociopolitical changes that culminate in a devastating dictatorship.

The play, adapted by Obie Award-winning bilingual playwright Caridad Svich, is told from the point of view of the youngest of three generations of women, Alba, who is held as the play opens, in a torture room. 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.

Acción Cultural Española supports this bold and daring theatre piece that captures the force and sensuality of Allende’s vision through Caridad Svich’s unique poetic voice.

The House of the Spirits is directed by Cervantes Theatre co-founder and associate director Paula Paz and features an international cast of 12 bilingual actors drawn from seven different Spanish-speaking countries. Alba and Esteban Trueba are played by Pia Laborde-Noguez and Raul Fernandes, who are joined in the cast by Constanza Ruff, Vanessa Calderón, Diana Volpe, Elena Saenz, Daniela Cristo, Alejandra Costa, Rodrigo Peñalosa, Álvaro Flores, Álvaro Ramos and Gian Carlo Ferrini.

After the English-language performance on Friday 1 November 2019, I’ll talk to director Paula Paz and members of The House of the Spirits company. Any questions? Join us! Click here for tickets!

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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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