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House Of Bernarda Alba, The

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About the Show Less...

Better never to lay eyes on a man, never to have seen one. Read More >

Ever since I was a child, I’ve been frightened: the look of men, yoking up the oxen, picking up sacks of wheat, calling to each other, their thick voices, their thick boots. Every time I passed, fear of their hands, of their touch. God made me weak and ugly. It’s his way of keeping them away.

So pronounces one of five unmarried daughters before her elder sister, being the richest if least attractive of the bunch, is hastily betrothed. The youngest, burning with desire, begins a passionate, clandestine affair with her sister’s suitor. She’s spied upon by a jealous sibling, with devastating consequences.

The poet Federico García Lorca was murdered by Franco’s supporters on 18 August 1936, just two months after he finished his masterpiece of love, oppression and loathing.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 05/03/2005

Opening Night: 15/03/2005

Closing Night: 30/07/2005

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Cast & Creative


Mary Cunningham, Deborah Findlay, Beth Fitzgerald, Maria Golledge, Sally Hawkins, Jennifer Hill, Katherine Manners, Sandy McDade, Jo McInnes, Pamela Merrick, Justine Mitchell, Cherry Morris, Jennifer Scott-Malden, Rachael Spence, Sophie Trott, Penelope Wilton, Kirsty Wood


Director - Howard Davies

Producer - National Theatre

Designer - Vicki Mortimer

Lighting Designer - Paule Constable

Sound - Paul Groothuis

Author - Federico García Lorca, in a new English version by David Hare

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