Welcome to the Festival of Spanish Theatre of London


The Festival of Spanish Theatre of London 2017 is over! A massive thanks to the theatre companies Teatro Inverso, El Vodevil, Sala Atrium and Guantuguan Teatro, and YOU, the theatre goers for making it all possible!

See you next year! ¡Hasta pronto!

FeSTeLón: Festival Spanish Theatre of London is back with an outstanding fifth annual season. We invite all those interested in Spanish culture and theatre, regardless of their knowledge of the language. Experience exceptional Spanish culture in London as FeSTeLón brings four top-ranking performances to the John Lyon’s Theatre at City Lit 12 th – 25 th June 2017 – with English Subtitles.

Since its launch in 2013, the Festival has grown year on year and become an annual fixture in London’s summer cultural calendar. This season brings four top-ranking Spanish performances which would otherwise be unseen by UK audiences, for its largest programme to date. All performances are in Spanish with English subtitles. All performances, but Encerrona that is mime, are in Spanish with English subtitles adapted for deaf people.

This year we are presenting a wide variety in terms of repertoire and theatre companies. The plays range from adaptations of classics from the Spanish Golden Age to contemporary theatre and mime. We promise you an experience that, without a doubt, will make you want to come back for more!

 


Tickets for our fifth edition are now available!


 

The plays for the Fifth Annual Edition 2017 are:


Rosaura

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Dates:  From Monday 12  June until Thursday 15 June.

Time:  On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 19:30pm. On Thursday at 14:30pm.

Venue:  The John Lyon’s Theatre at City Lit

Authors:  Sandra Arpa and Paula Rodríguez

Actresses:  Sandra Arpa and Paula Rodríguez

Company:  Teatro Inverso

Language: Spanish and English with English surtitles for the Spanish parts.

‘Rosaura’ is a theatrical piece inspired by the play ‘Life is a Dream’. Taking this outstanding work by Calderón de la Barca as a point of reference, the play will focus the attention on its heroine, Rosaura. In their story, the Calderón’s verse will interact in an open dialogue with today’s reality through narrative.

Q&A on Tuesday after performance.

Running time: 60 min / Age:10+

 

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Encerrona

Dates:  From Thursday 15th  June until Sunday 18th  June.

Time:  On Thursday and Friday at 19:30pm. On Saturday at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm. On Sunday at 5:00 pm.

Venue:  The John Lyon’s Theatre at City Lit

Author:  Pepe Viyuela

Actor:  Pepe Viyuela

Company:  El Vodevil

Mime

“Encerrona” is a reflection on the everyday from the perspective of a clown. The character experiences being trapped on stage. For just over an hour, Pepe Viyuela is forced to act for an audience that watches him closely. He is all alone and his only companions are a series of objects with which he tries to improvise; a guitar, a chair, a jacket, a newspaper and a ladder. We are faced with a metaphor in which the clown is each of us and his act is nothing more than our own lives.

Q&A on Saturday after the evening performance.

Running time: 75 min / Age: Suitable for al ages.

 

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Himmelweg – Camino del Cielo

 

Dates:  From Monday 19 June until Wednesday 21 June.

Time:  On Monday and Tuesday at 19:30pm. On Wednesday at 15:00pm and 19:30pm.

Venue:  The John Lyon’s Theatre at City Lit

Author:  Juan Mayorga

Actors:  Raimon Molins, Patricia Mendoza and Guillem Gefaell

Company:  Atrium

Language: Spanish with English subtitles adapted for deaf people.

A piece of historical and political theatre by Juan Mayorga, one of the most successful Spanish contemporary playwriters, about a triumvirate of characters, set in World War II. A fable of the past that serves as a tool to talk about the present and to reflect on how our minds can be moulded to the convenience of those in power.

Q&A on Tuesday after performance.

Running time: 95 min / Age:14+

 

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Big Boy

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Dates:  From Friday 23 June until Sunday 25 June.

Time:  On Friday at 19:30pm. On Saturday at 15:00pm and 19:30pm. On Sunday at 17:00pm.

Venue:  The John Lyon’s Theatre at City Lit

Authors: Mario Ruz Martínez, José Luis Montiel Chaves and David Roldán

Actors: Mario Ruz Martínez and José Luis Montiel Chaves

Company:  Guantuguan Teatro

Language: Spanish with English subtitles adapted for deaf people.

“This is a story of friendship, a story about two inseparable friends”. And so Big Boy begins, a thrilling tale with more than 100 characters but only two actors, who, with an empty stage, take us from the First World War to the dazzling lights of Prohibition era New York, experiencing stories full of emotion, friendship, struggle, surrender… and boxing.

Big Boy is all of these and they all are in Big Boy, paying a small homage to those who had to emigrate and abandon their land and roots to enter an unknown world.

Q&A on Saturday after the evening performance.

Running time: 60 min / Age:10+

 

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