Coming next month!
FeSTeLón: Festival Spanish Theatre of London is back with an outstanding fifth annual edition.
Experience exceptional Spanish culture in London as FeSTeLón brings four top-ranking performances to the John Lyon’s Theatre City Lit 12th-25th June 2017 – with English Surtitles.
FeSTeLón: Festival Spanish Theatre of London is returning to London next month for its fifth edition. Since its launch in 2013, the festival has grown year on year and become an annual fixture in London’s summer cultural calendar.
This edition 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 surtitles. This year see a wide variety in terms of repetoire and theatre companies. The plays range from adaptations of classics from the Spanish Golden Age to contemporary theatre and mime.
Four professional Spanish theatre companies will perform. Plays are in Spanish, written by Spanish authors. There will be English surtitles. Performances include three UK premieres.
– ROSAURA by Teatro Inverso (12th – 15th June)
A theatrical piece inspired by the play ‘Life is a Dream’. Taking this pinnacle work by Calderón de la Barca as reference, the play, created and performed by Paula Rodriguez and Sandra Arpa will switch the attention to its heroine, Rosaura, giving a fresh, feminine perspective to Calderón’s classic.
– ENCERRONA by El Vodevil (Pepe Viyuela) (15th – 18th June) – UK Premiere
A reflection on the everyday from the perspective of a clown. Popular Spanish actor and comedian Pepe Viyuela (winner Best Actor MAX Award 2016 Performing Arts – the Spanish Olivier) has devised and performs this solo mime piece.
– HIMMELWEG-CAMINO DEL CIELO by Atrium Produccions (19th – 21st June) – UK Premiere New play by reknowned author Juan
Mayorga (winner Europa New Theatrical Realities 2016, three time winner of Best Author MAX, and two time winner Best Adaptation MAX). A piece of historical and political theatre about a triumvirate of characters, set in World War II.
– BIG BOY by Guantuguan Teatro (23rd – 25th June) – UK Premiere
Created by José Luís Montiel Chaves, Mario Ruz Martínez and David Roldán Espejo. A story about friendship and emigration that begins in WWI and takes us to dazzling New York, Big Boy is a tragicomedy with 100 characters and only 2 actors.
For a full listing of dates and times and to book tickets please visit: www.festivalspanishtheatre.co.uk
Early bird tickets, reduced from £20 to £17, and £15 to £12 for concessions will be on sale until 20th May.
Alongside the performances, a number of talks, cast Q&As and workshops will be taking place. A school programme is also underway, where pupils in Southwark are taking part in Spanish language and drama workshops, culminating in a performance they design. Talks and workshops will be led by the visiting companies and notable figures in the field of Spanish theatre and culture. All details and times will be listed on the festival website.
Notes to Editors
About Festelón: Spanish Theatre Festival London
Festelon: The Spanish Theatre Festival London was founded in 2013 by Mariví Rodríguez Quiñones, Director and Founder. The festival showcases outstanding Spanish theatre, providing a unique opportunity for English-speaking audiences to see professional, critically acclaimed work by top-ranking Spanish companies that would otherwise not be seen in the UK. Performances are in Spanish, surtitled in English and supported by workshops and talks by academics and practitioners, and an engagement project for young people.
From the very beginning, the productions have been both prestigious and famous and four of them have been awarded the Max prize. The different productions to date are:
2013: “El Diccionario” (The Dictionary), with Vicky Peña (awarded Spain’s National Drama
2014: “En un lugar del Quijote” (Somewhere in Don Quixote)
2015: “Las heridas del viento” (Wounded by the Wind) with Kiti Mánver and
“La piedra oscura” (The Dark Stone) with Daniel Grao
2016: To commemorate 400 years since the death of Cervantes:
“Don Quixote”, “Arizona” and “Los espejos de Don Quijote” (The Mirrors of Don Quixote).