Based on picaresque novels from the Spanish Golden Age
Dramaturgy: Álvaro Tato

A tragicomic vision of the 17th century, a reflection on freedom and survival.

01 to 03 april 2022

Malvivir in first person tells the secret life of the rogue Elena de Paz, a free-spirited, rebellious, thieving, ingenious, deceitful woman on the run who defies all the conventions of her time and pays the price for her freedom. Malvivir is a journey into the dark side of the Golden Age; a journey through the different social classes, milieux and characters of a turbulent and fascinating era.

Malvivir is also the story of the heart-breaking and stormy love between Elena and Montúfar; two miserable rogues in Spain at a time of splendour and famine, of dream and deceit, of faith and witchcraft, of hope and death. A tragicomic vision of the 17th century, a reflection on freedom and survival and a recovery of female picaresque Baroque literature. And on stage two performers with the challenge of taking on all the characters, and the continuous presence of a rabel player who plays and sings live to accompany the action and create the different spaces and atmospheres.

Note: the function on April 1 will be adapted for people with visual disabilities.

The team

Dramaturgy and direction: Álvaro Tato
Direction and original music: Yayo Cáceres
Cast: Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Marta Poveda, Bruno Tambascio
Costume design: Tatiana de Sarabia
Lighting design: Miguel A. Camacho
Scenography: Mónica Boromello
Graphic design and photography: David Ruiz
Production design: Emilia Yagüe


1 - 19:30h.
2 - 19:00h.
3 - 19:00h.


12 - 25€ /with discounts

Friends of Arriaga:

Groups, young people, over-65s, unemployed, large families and people with 33%+ disability:

Theatre professionals:

People with disabilities who use wheelchairs:
50% DISCOUNT (in proscenium balcony and one accompanying person)


90 min.