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"LA CASA DE BERNARDA ALBA"
by Federico Garcia Lorca

Something Wicked Theatre's productions of foreign classical works in their original languages have become extremely popular over recent years. Everything they stage at Barons Court sells out - and this latest production of Lorca's masterpiece is likely to be no exception!

Following the huge success of their five-star reviewed production of Lorca’s 'Yerma' last Autumn, Something Wicked are pleased to announce the performance of Lorca's final work, 'La Casa de Bernarda Alba', which the author described as a drama of women in the villages of Spain. Completed only two months before his murder by the Falangists in 1936, this taut drama explores the theme, so dear to the playwright, of female sexual passion and its repression in Catholic Spain.

Perceptive theatre-goers will note that, although Something Wicked are staging two outstanding classics from different countries and different centuries at Barons Court Theatre this autumn, one a comedy and the other a tragedy, they share a common, equally serious, theme: the imprisonment of women by men."

NOTE: This production will be staged in the original Spanish.

PERFORMANCES: Tuesdays - Saturdays (7.45 p.m.) Sundays (6.45 p.m.) Additional Matinee: Wednesday 2 October (2.30 p.m.)

ADMISSION: £14 (£12 Concessions) Special Rates are occasionally available for large School Groups.

BOX OFFICE: 020 8932 4747 (Tickets now on sale)

REMOTEGOAT REVIEW SUNDAY 29 SEPT 2013

"Something Wicked’s wonderful passionate world" by Maureen Mckarkiel


Something Wicked is fast becoming my favourite theatre company. They have followed up their excellent production last year of Lorca’s seminal play, Yerma, with this superb interpretation of another work by the Spanish writer and poet.
Many see the House of Bernada Alba as part of a trilogy that includes Yerma and Blood Wedding with their common theme of women who are repressed by society, family or both; a theme that Lorca explored with incredible insight and depth, and used as a metaphor for the situation in Spain as it teetered on a political knife-edge. I have read and seen most of Federico Garcia Lorca’s plays, which include various interpretations of The House of Bernada Alba, the last of which was a highly acclaimed and effective production at the Almeida theatre which substituted Iran for Andalucía.
Something Wicked’s production in Spanish, however, gives a dimension that is always lost in translation. The beauty of Lorca is the power of the language that he uses, brought to life through the mouths of the characters he creates. It was, therefore, an absolute joy to hear for the very first time this play spoken as it was originally written, full of the visceral, bitter and desperate emotions which are its hallmark.
The formidable matriarch Bernada Alba imposes an eight-year period of mourning on her five daughters yet remains intransigent and resolute to the end despite the negative and ultimately tragic consequences for her family. Lorca conducts a close, forensic examination of the claustrophobia, dysfunction and despair that results from a lack of freedom and repression. It is quite something because it is so rare to have women take centre stage in the theatre, the only man a bit-player, referred to but never seen; an example of how ahead of his time Lorca was.

This production owes its success to a fine cast, particularly Belen Diaz, who plays Bernada and Yaiza Figueroa as the maid, who are given excellent direction by Adam Morley. Using Baron’s Court theatre is a masterstroke. The tiny basement space, which on the night that I went was stifling hot, set the scene perfectly for Lorca’s unbearably close and suffocating world.



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Official Review by Maureen Mckarkiel, read now
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Valentina Barrios
Magdalena
Belen Diaz
Bernarda
Alexandra Dionelis
Adela

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