The Spanish Golden Age Season at Arcola Theatre
Arcola Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath and Belgrade Theatre Coventry present The Spanish Golden Age Season, three plays in repertoire, at the Arcola Studio 1, in east London, from 9 Jan to 15 Mar 2014.
Don Gil of the Green Breeches
directed by Mehmet Ergen, by Tirso de Molina in a new translation by Sean O'Brien. Dona Juana has fallen for the oldest trick in the book. The dashing Don Martin, the man she thought she was going to marry, has left her for the wealthy Dona Ines. However Dona Juana is not the sort of woman to take this lying down. She pulls on a pair of green breeches and sets off to Madrid in hot pursuit of Don Martin, assuming the same name he is using to woo his new lover - a strategy which will either cause a change of heart or complete chaos.
A Lady of Little Sense
directed by Laurence Boswell, by Lope de Vega in a new translation by David Johnston. Nise and Finea are famous beauties. Their father, Don Octavio, a wealthy businessman, is doing his best to marry them off and an exotic collection of determined young suitors are competing for the prizes. The sticking point? Nise, the elder sister, is too clever for her own good, whilst younger sister Finea is notoriously stupid. Can the family hide Finea’s shortcomings long enough to hoodwink a suitor into marriage?
Punishment Without Revenge
directed by Laurence Boswell, by Lope de Vega in a new translation by Meredith Oakes. Set in the dangerous and glamorous world of Renaissance Italy. The Duke of Ferrara has lived a wild and unconventional life. An infamous womaniser, his only son Federico is a bastard whom he dreams will one day succeed him. When his subjects demand that he marry and provide them with the stability of a legitimate heir, the proud and beautiful Cassandra, Duchess of Mantua, is sent to be his bride. But everything does not fall happily into place.
Photo Credit for show images: Jane Hobson.