In a theatre – which might well be the Martín Theatre in Madrid, where Luna de miel en El Cairo was premiered on 6 February 1943 –, they are having auditions for this iconic operetta. A girl sings a song, but the composer cannot find the right music. In the end, he succeeds.

The auditions are a showcase for all kinds of people. Some get the parts; others do not. A series of typical theatrical scenes before a grand premiere: unresolved scene rehearsals, characters that usually go unnoticed by the audience, like a director who tends to hit the booze a little bit too much or a dressmaker who used to be a cabaret artist…

As the show must go on, the performers must face a new performance of Luna de miel en El Cairo every evening, with its princess, its false princess (who is afraid of getting fired for failing to rise up the challenge) and the diplomatic service from Limburgo, the fantasy land where the operetta takes place. Get ready for a zillion twists and turns!

The team

Luna de miel en El Cairo, by Francisco Alonso with libretto by José Muñoz Román

A comic operetta in two acts, premiered at the Martín Theatre in Madrid on 6 February 1943

Conductor: Miquel Ortega

Stage director: Emilio Sagi

Set design: Daniel Bianco

Costume design: Jesús Ruiz

Choreographer: Nuria Castejón

Assistant director: Javier Ulacia

Lighting design: Eduardo Bravo



Eduardo: David Menéndez

Rufi: Enrique Viana

Martha: Beatriz Díaz

Myrna: Mariola Cantarero

Marisa dressmaker: Itxaro Mentxaka

Councilor/secretary: José Manuel Díaz

Mr. Celestino: Mitxel Santamarina

Pianist: Iñaki Maruri

Young tenor: Alberto Núñez

Corps de ballet: Cristina Arias, Helena Martín, María Ángeles Ferrer, María López, Rosa Zaragoza, Olivia Juberias, Francisco Guerrero, Luis Romero, Alberto Ferrero, Cristhian Sandoval, Daniel Morillo

Choir: Coro Rossini, directed by Carlos Imaz

Orchestra: Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa (BOS)

Production: Teatro de la Zarzuela


 3, 4 and 6 April. 07.30pm

 7 April. 07:00pm


from €12 to € 42 /discounts

Friends of the Arriaga: From 25 to 35%
BOS subscribers: 25%
Groups, young people, over 65s, the unemployed, large families and people with disabilities in excess of 33%: 25%
Last minute discount (for the previous groups, except Friends of the Arriaga): 50%
Last minute discount for Young Friend of the Arriaga: 70%
Disabled persons in a wheelchair: 50% (in the proscenium, balcony and a companion)


90 min.