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Alfonso Sastre

  • Alfonso Sastre © Javi Martínez / EL MUNDO

    Alfonso Sastre © Javi Martínez / EL MUNDO



Literature, Theatre



Date of birth

Feb 20, 1926

Date of death

Sep 17, 2021

"Playwright, essayist and scriptwriter. He is one of the foremost representatives of the so-called Generation of 1955."

Born in Madrid in 1926, he took part in founding the Arte Nuevo group in 1945 so as to reinvigorate Spanish theatre. He wrote many works for this group. In 1950, he signed the Social Agitation Theatre Manifesto (TAS) and started a series of polemics in newspapers, books and talks, defending active change in society through the theatre. Almost all his theatre production is intimately linked to his political values. In 1953, he premièred his first great success, Escuadra hacia la muerte. Many of his works from those years were banned during the Franco dictatorship. Alongside, his near-fifty theatre works, he also wrote horror stories. In addition, he wrote a short autobiography, Sonata en mi menor. He died in Hondarribia in 2021.


National Theatre Award (1986)
National Drama Literature Award (1993)

Essential works

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    The red gipsy

    Alfonso Sastre both recovers and reinterprets the myth of the man-eating woman, adapting it to the present day.

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    La taberna fantástica

    Dramatic piece by Alfonso Sastre dealing with social marginalisation and police repression combing Aristotelianism, the grotesque and Brechtian drama.

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  • Whom God Forgives. Photo courtesy of the Spanish Film Archive

    Whom God Forgives (script)

    This film established the director’s reputation nationally and internationally. Following this success, he made two more films: “Un hecho violento” (“Violent Fate”) and “La noche y el alba”.

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