Eduardo is a young composer with a promising future. Upon receiving a phone call, he moves to Cairo to compose an operetta. The woman who has made the phone call is Martha, a self-proclaimed princess who has run away from home and from a marriage of convenience and who has been in love with Eduardo since she first set eyes on him in New York. From this point, the plot of this comedy of errors thickens with endless twists and turns.

Luna de miel en El Cairo is a fine example of Spanish musical theatre in the aftermath of the Civil War, after the style characterised by eroticism and puns had been censored. Brought by masterful director Emilio Sagi, this iconic operetta in two acts by Francisco Alonso and José Muñoz Román is coming back to the Arriaga Theatre, giving us a new chance to be delighted by the Granada-born composer, who drew inspiration from American shows for musical numbers like ‘Llévame a una boîte que esté de moda’, ‘Tus ojos brujos me cautivaron’ or ‘Aquella noche en El Cairo’.

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.