A Royal Exchange Theatre and Graeae Theatre Company co-production
THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA
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- 3 February 2017 - 25 February 2017
- The Theatre
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We will brick up the doors and board up the windows. We won’t let in a breath of air from the street.
Bernarda’s husband is dead. Now she alone rules her household and the lives of her five daughters. A period of eight years mourning will be observed without contact with the outside world and the men who might bring them ruin.
That is except for Angustias, whose inheritance has attracted a wealthy local suitor. As the wedding approaches, Bernarda struggles to retain her suffocating grip on the family and on these women whose appetite for defiance is growing.
Lorca’s final masterpiece is a bitter and darkly comic tragedy that charts the tyranny, jealousy and desperate struggle for freedom that will tear Bernarda and her daughters apart.
In a landmark co-production, Graeae bring their unique focus on accessibility and different theatrical languages to bear on this spare and full-blooded translation of the play by Jo Clifford.
"I have wanted to direct this play for many years. It presents the competitiveness, danger, fragility and brutality of a group of women who are cooped up together and couples this with their individual fights for freedom of expression. As is the Graeae way, it will be beautifully accessible with captioning, British Sign Language and audio description woven into the fabric of the production as part of the aesthetic.”
Jenny Sealey, Director
- Event Information
VENUE: The Theatre
PERFORMANCE DATES: Friday 3 February - Saturday 25 February 2017
Monday - Saturday evenings, 7.30pm
Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday matinees, 2.30pm
Standard tickets from £16.50
Half price previews from £5
DAY TICKETS: Day Tickets (front row, stage level) priced at £10 each will be available for every performance. More Information
BOOK TICKETS: Box Office 0161 833 9833 / online
ACCESS: If you need to book tickets which will enable you to access our BSL interpretation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively contact the Box Office on 0161 833 9833.
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes (including interval)
- Creative Team
DIRECTOR Jenny Sealey
DESIGNER Liz Ascroft
LIGHTING DESIGNER Johanna Town
SOUND DESIGNER Carolyn Downing
FIGHT DIRECTION Alison De Burgh
WRITER Federico Garcia Lorca
TRANSLATED BY Jo Clifford
- Related Events
MEMBERS' CAST Q&A
Join actors appearing in the production in a Members Q&A.
Friday 17th February - 12.30pm
AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION
Thursday 23rd February (after 7.30pm performance)
Pre-show, talk based introduction
23 February - 10.30am-12pm
Playreading and Discussion
15 February - 11am-1pm
Talk about the work we stage at the Royal Exchange
2 March, 11am-12.30pm
Getting Started with Playwriting
8 February, 11am-1pm
- Accessible Performances
BSL, Audio Description and Captioning will be built into every performance of THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA.
Click here for more information about our accessible performances.
If you need to book tickets which will enable you to access our BSL interpretation, please email email@example.com. Alternatively contact the Box Office on 0161 833 9833.
RELAXED PERFORMANCE Wednesday 15 February, 2017 - 2.30pm
Prudencia + Beggar Woman
CAST AUDIO DESCRIPTION