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Blood Wedding: love, passion and betrayal

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2113

A scene from Blood Wedding

A scene from Blood Wedding

The Scoop is an outdoor sunken ampitheatre by Cith Hall in central London, which has run free theatre performances throughout the summer for the past six years.

This year Ted Hughes’ adaptation of Blood Wedding is a key production. The play, written by Federico Garcia Lorca, is a powerful story of love, passion and betrayal.

First staged in 1933, it sees a bride-to-be being revisited by Leonardo, her childhood sweetheart who is now unhappily married.

Leonardo admits that he is still in love with her and begs her not to get married. The two take off together, although ultimately this ends in tragedy.

Some saw the play as a veiled critique of Spanish society, in showing the conflict between individual freedom and the inflexible rules and constraints of society.

Lorca’s plays shocked many audiences because of their overtones of freedom of thought and forbidden love. His image as a revolutionary artist, along with his homosexuality, made him an enemy of Franco’s fascists, who shot him in 1936.

Under Franco’s government his books were banned. Yet today he has become the most translated Spanish writer in history.

Blood Wedding is widely seen as one of the most innovative and influential plays of the 20th century – don’t miss the chance to see it for free.

Blood Wedding
The Scoop at More London
Until 7 September

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Tue 5 Aug 2008, 17:37 BST
Issue No. 2113
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