La Calderona

Magnificent performance yesterday!

Fun, exciting and dramatic with the audience in suspense from start to finish. Best of all, ask the company about their play afterwards in the Q&A. Click on the photos below to open the gallery! (Photos by Angeles Rodenas © Festelon)


Dates and times

  • Wednesday 2nd October at 7:30pm: Play and Q&A after play (with an English interpreter)

  • Thursday 3rd October at 7:30pm: Play and Q&A after play (with an English interpreter)

Author: Rafael Boeta

Director: David Ottone. Dirección Artística: Pablo Viña.

Cast: Pablo Paz, Natalia Calderón y DJ Hardy Jay

Producer: La Calderona Producciones and Pau Pau Producciones. And coproducción with the  Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico de Almagro and Concello de Mos.

Suitable for 18yrs+

Running Time: 90 minutes

No interval

Venue: John Lyon’s Theatre, City Lit , 1-10 Keeley St, London WC2B 4BA View map





She was the bastard daughter that no one ever mentions.
Who was María Inés Calderón, better known as La Calderona?
For some, she was one of the most important actresses on the 17th century Spanish stage, for others, the most controversial of Philip IV’s lovers, the mother of John Joseph of Austria, who Philip would later acknowledge as his bastard son. There are even those who say that the Sierra de la Calderona in Valencia was named after her, and that she ended her days as the leader of a gang of bandits.
How did a young girl abandoned in a doorway become none other than the King’s favourite, in a Spain where being a woman and a bastard was the same as being nothing?
La Calderona’s story is one of power, ambition, love and survival, related in the form of a dark comedy to a hip hop soundtrack, with a DJ on stage and constantly going back and forth, in a game of mirrors which is both original and baroque, from the 17th century to the 21st, and from the 21st century back to the 17th. Do you really want to miss it?