Based on the stories of Raymond Carver

What we talk about when we talk about love.

23 to 25 april 2021

“Principiantes” is the theatre adaptation of one of the best known short stories by Raymond Carver, originally published in 1981. The plot revolves around the theme of love, through four characters who converse in a kitchen: a “long-standing” married couple and their friends, a younger couple whose relationship is more recent. Over the course of the evening, in an atmosphere marked by the changing light, the four friends share their experiences and ideas, big and small, about what love means and the need for the other. Romantic and heartrending, while at the same time realistic and poetic, the story is not only a reference of an era, but it grips us today with the force of an essential piece of music.

When the story first came to light, it was famously edited by Carver’s friend and editor Gordon Lish. This staging is based above all on the original version, which was recovered in 2007, but also draws on other passages and fragments of the American author, the aim being to submerge us in the recurring elements of Carver’s universe: relationships, love and alcohol as refuges, but also as deadly weapons, predestination as opposed to chance, and the literary texture of the American experience.

The team

Adaptation: Juan Cavestany.
Director: Andrés Lima.
Cast: Javier Gutiérrez, Mónica Regueiro, Daniel Pérez Prada, Vicky Luengo.
Stage design/Costume design: Beatriz San Juan.
Lighting design: Valentín Ávarez.
Video creation: Miguel Angel Raió.
Musical composition: Jaume Manresa.
Assistant director: Laura Ortega Pinillos.
Production: Vania, Producciones Off, Carallada show, Teatros del Canal.


23 - 19:00.
24 - 19:00.
25 - 19:00.


From 12 to 25€ /discounts

Friends of Arriaga:

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

Theatre professionals:

Last minute discount (for above-mentioned groups, except Friends of Arriaga):

Last minute discount for Young Friends of Arriaga:

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


90 min.