Invited companies-speakers

Ignacio Garcia – Director of  ´Arizona´ – FeSTeLõn 2016

FesTeLôn is an important project for the presence of Spanish theatre in London, with a clear commitment to showcase the best of our dramatic talent on the London theatre scene.

Invited companies-speakers

The public

“Do you remember your first visit to a live performance? Do you recall the anticipation as you
took your seat? More often than not you would have been quite young – perhaps attending
a school play or local theatre event in a small hall. Most of us still remember that day vividly,
and would love to re-live it.

The 7 th edition of the Festival of Spanish Theatre of London – FESTELON – in October 2019
offers you just the opportunity to recapture the thrill of that first live performance. Its venue
– the John Lyon’s Theatre, in the heart of London’s bustling Covent Garden, is a compact
and intimate haven, providing every spectator with an unrestricted and close-up view of the
stage, close enough indeed to follow every move and every changing feature of the
performer. Students of Spanish language and culture living in and around London thus have
a unique opportunity to familiarise themselves with Spanish theatre as produced and
performed on stages in Spain itself. The performers themselves are well-known Spanish
actors, making the whole FESTELON experience truly authentic, whilst for those who might
feel that their command of the language could prove inadequate to follow each and every
word, the organisers have provided excellent subtitles in English.
The Festival is enhanced by a series of talks and workshops in or close to the John Lyon’s
Theatre. These cover elements relevant to the plays being performed and are presented in
Spanish by well-known Spanish producers or experts with interpretation into English. The
2018 event included themes such as Spanish Golden Age Theatre and Baroque Theatre.
My first acquaintance with this remarkable initiative, led by Marivi Rodriguez Quinones, was
in 2017, when as a (more than) mature student of Spanish I attended with a group of like-
minded enthusiasts. This led me to repeat the experience in 2018 and the dates of the
October 2019 edition have been in my diary since they were announced. If you are a
student or aficionado of Spain, its language and its culture, FESTELON is a must for you.”

William Lakin

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“Thank you so much for an unforgettable evening at the theatre. The students were absolutely delighted by the experience! We hope to do the same again at next year’s festival, and with more students if possible. Kind regards.” (Head of Spanish, Secondary School in London)

‘I always come to the Festival of Spanish Theatre in London and every year, at every play, I feel privileged, it truly is an amazing experience.’

An audience member after seeing ‘Himmelweg: Way to Heaven.’ At FesTeLõn 2018 – ‘A very clever observation and take of the challenging times. All three actors were superb! The venue was great and the staff very welcoming and friendly. Highly recommend and I do not speak Spanish.’

The public