PREVIEW: The Festival of Spanish Theatre, John Lyon’s Theatre

The sixth edition of this celebration of Spanish Theatre launches today (11th June) and runs until the 24th June. 

All plays

Bringing a variety of Spanish theatre to London presented by some of the very best theatre companies, The Festival of Spanish Theatre will mark the debut  for all participating productions.

As well as the two-week programme of plays, FeSTeLõn has also introduced ‘FeSTeLõn Kids’, a small selection of two plays created specifically with children in mind (suitable for 5+ years) in keeping with the Festival’s objective of making Spanish theatre accessible for all.

This year’s festival will also include ‘FeSTeLõn Off’, a mini fringe festival that offers a chance for amateur and emerging theatre companies a chance to work with Spanish plays (both contemporary and from the Golden Age). The contest, which will take place on the 29th and 30th of September, is an  opportunity for theatre companies from around the world to gain better knowledge of Spanish theatre and to present their work to a panel of experts. The winners of FeSTeLõn Off will be invited to return to the festival in 2019 and perform.

The plays that are being presented as part of the festival include:

  • Malvados de oro – It presents the audience with one actor (Daniel Albaladejo) alone onstage, moving between prose and verse, between actor and character and inviting us to see the inner workings of some of the most despicable and evil characters from 16th and 17th century Spanish theatre, from Fuenteovejuna to La Vida es Sueño.
  • A secreto agravio, secreta venganza – follows the Inspectors Delgado and Ferrer investigating the appearance of a body in The Port of Lisbon. Following interrogations and revelations all signs point to the Portuguese Nobleman, Don Lope de Almeida, whose wife died in a terrible fire mere days before the appearance of the corpse. Along with the two Inspectors, the audience go on a journey of discovery to find the awful truth behind the terrible crimes guided by a narrator who incorporates the musical genre, Fado, into their telling of the facts and consequences of this tragic story.
  • La vida es sueño: el bululú – 1648. All the theaters of Spain are closed by royal mourning and the actors are persecuted and imprisoned.The spectators hide in the basement of the famous Turkish Tavern, to attend in a clandestine way the performance of Sebastián de Prado who, following the technique of the bululú, will perform the famous work of Calderón de la Barca: “Life is a dream”.
  • Qué raros son los hombres –  In this play, which manages to be at times dramatic and at times comic, Ovejero, under the experimental direction of Eusebio Lázaro, presents three vastly different stories in which each character (all performed by Ovejero himself) has to deal with varied situations of a very distinct nature.
  • Me siento pulga – offers a glimpse into the feminine worlds created by these two literary greats at a time when Spain was on the brink of great change, dealing with everything from love to relationships to the role of women in society.
  • Guyi Guyi –  Taking inspiration from the classic ‘Ugly Duckling’ story, Guyi Guyi tells the story of a crocodile, also named Guyi Guyi, who is born into a family of ducks. Guyi Guyi lives happily with his strange family until one day he finds himself lost and meets another crocodile. From this encounter Guyi Guyi learns that, in reality, most other crocodiles actually eat ducks.

FeSTeLõn takes place at John Lyon’s Theatre from the 11th to the 24th June. For more information visit:

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