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Theatre greats in Madrid

The line-up in the capital in these months seems like a “hall of fame” with several of the names that have made the genre great. From classic authors such as Valle Inclán and Ingmar Bergman, to great masters of acting such as José Sacristán and Héctor Altio. Here are five reasons with an Argentine flavour to help you choose your seat.

Blanco and Brandoni by Campanella

Two famous figures from the Argentine stage, Luis Brandoni and Eduardo Blanco, star in a dramatic duel in Parque Lezama, a play based on a text by Herb Gardner, adapted and directed by Juan José Campanella. For Campanella’s directorial debut, he has chosen the same weapons – comedy and excitement – that brought him success with his film Son of the Bride. Brandoni and Blanca chat, laugh and argue from opposite perspectives: the idealist and dreamer versus the pragmatist, while seated on the same park bench.

Parque Lezama, one of the most award-winning plays in Argentine theatre since its 2016 debut, comes to Madrid.
Parque Lezama, one of the most award-winning plays in Argentine theatre since its 2016 debut, comes to Madrid

Buy your tickets for Parque Lezama by Juan José Campanella from €20

The depth of Delibes and Sacristán

Miguel Delibes’s words will resonate with the voice of José Sacristán in Señora de rojo sobre fondo gris, a novel in the form of a monologue with which the writer dedicates a thinly veiled tribute to his wife Ángeles de Castro, who passed away at 50. This story – adapted to the theatre by José Sámano, Inés Camiña and Sacristán himself – shows a seasoned painter sunk in a crisis of creativity since his wife’s death. José Sacristán reconnects with Delibes 30 years after performing another adaptation of his work, Las Guerras de Nuestros Antepasados. Big words indeed.

Señora de rojo sobre fondo gris From 4 September to 17 November at the Teatro Bellas Artes.
Señora de rojo sobre fondo gris From 4 September to 17 November at the Teatro Bellas Artes

Buy your tickets for Señora de rojo sobre fondo gris before 4 September and get a 25% discount

Marriage scenes by Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman, a legend of Swedish film and theatre, also worked for television with projects such as his mini-series Scenes from a Marriage starring the also-legendary Liv Ullman and Erland Josephson. The grand dame of Argentine theatre, Norma Aleandro – who had already played Ullman’s role in 1992 – is now directing the theatrical version with Ricardo Darín and Andrea Pietra in the line-up. Darín and Pietra play both themselves and Juan and Mariana, actors and characters who tell the viewer about the evolution of their marriage and their relationship after their divorce.

Escenas de la vida conyugal, from 18 September to 20 October at the Teatros de la Canal
Escenas de la vida conyugal, from 18 September to 20 October at the Teatros de la Canal

Buy your tickets for Escenas de la vida conyugal; on 18 September, there is a 25% discount on the 300 first seats

The luxury of Héctor Altio

The Argentine master Héctor Altio lends his voice to the Galician poet León Felipe 50 years after his death in Como hace 3000 años... This show – the culmination of a personal project – is not a typical reading. Alterio performs a selection of texts without a common denominator while accompanied by the guitar of the virtuoso José Luis Merlin, who uses a technique similar to that of flamenco guitarists, but based on Argentine and South American tradition. Alterio, the living history of Spanish-language theatre, searches for the essence in an ocean of feelings shared between author and actor.

Como hace 3000 años... from 2 to 13 October at the Teatros del Canal
Como hace 3000 años... from 2 to 13 October at the Teatros del Canal

Buy your tickets to enjoy the latest by Héctor Altio from €22

 

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