La vida es sueño (Life is a Dream), Calderón de la Barca’s masterpiece, revolves around predetermination of human life and our ability to find spaces for freedom in life’s setbacks. The play is a wonder of Golden Age literature as it augments poetic beauty, dramatic conflict and philosophical depth. Cheek by Jowl returns to the Spanish Golden Age (in 1989 they made Fuente Ovejuna at London’s National Theatre) with their first production in Spanish, directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod. Both make their mark by focussing on the actor, the text and the space.
A prince chained up in a mountain. A young woman disguised as a man seeking revenge. Revolution, love, murder…but is any of it real? Or is it all a dream? A green wall of doors welcomes the audience. When the lights go down, a relationship is forged between the actor and the audience. We hear Calderón asking “What is life?” And his answer is “An illusion, a shadow, a story, for all life is a dream and dreams themselves are only dreams.”
Day 16 – 19:00 h.
PricesFriends of Arriaga:
from 25% to 35% DISCOUNT.
Groups, young people, over-65s, unemployed, large families and people with 33%+ disability:
Last minute discount (for above-mentioned groups, except Friends of Arriaga and groups):
Last minute discount for Young Friends of Arriaga:
People with disabilities who use wheelchairs: