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Viva Lorca season

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca’s death, the Arcola theatre is running a season of his work

Issue No. 2016

Federico Garcia Lorca

Federico Garcia Lorca



Yerma
Adapted by Frank McGuinness
Directed by Helena Kaut-Howson

Yerma is one of Lorca’s best known plays, the second of his “rural trilogy” - Blood Wedding and The House of Bernarda Alba are the other two, both of which have just received major revivals at the Almeida and the National Theatre respectively.

This production uses the 1986 adaptation by Frank McGuiness.

The normally exceptional Kathryn Hunter plays Yerma. But the production is let down by a lack of imagination - and some unfortunately off-key singing.


When Five Years Pass
Until 23 September
Translated by Gwynne Edwards
Directed by Charlotte Westenra

Like many of Lorca’s plays this incorporates dream or fairytale sequences, what Lorca called “impossible theatre”.

It tells the story of a young man coming to collect the bride he waited five years to marry.

Director Charlotte Westenra recently directed the fantastic Gladiator Games at the Stratford Playhouse.


Lorca and Cinema
15 September

Spanish film historian, Roman Gubern will give a talk on the relationship between Lorca and the cinema.

He will exhibit and comment on Lorca’s first and only screenplay, Voyage to the Moon, and his own documentary on the subject, The Eye and the Word.

Viva Lorca season
Arcola Theatre, Hackney, east London
Until 23 September
www.arcolatheatre.com


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