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Francisco Nieva

  • Francisco Nieva © EFE

    Francisco Nieva © EFE



Literature, Theatre



Date of birth

Dec 29, 1924

Date of death

Nov 10, 2016

"Playwright, director and stage designer. He is one of the most important theatre writers of the final decades of the 20th century."

Francisco Morales Nieva was born in Valdepeñas (Ciudad Real) in 1924. When he was still very young, he moved to Madrid to study painting in the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts. He was a member of the avant-garde movement known as 'Postismo', which was intended to be a synthesis of all foregoing literary vanguards. In 1948, he travelled to Paris where he remained until 1963. Here he came into contact with authors such as Ionesco, Beckett and Adamov. In 1971 he published his first work entitled 'Es bueno no tener cabeza', thus starting out on a long and distinguished literary career which has won him some of the most important awards in Spanish letters. He is a member of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language. He died in Madrid in 2016.


National Theatre Award (1979)
Príncipe de Asturias Award for Literature (1992)
National Drama Literature Award (1992)
Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (1996)
Madrid Region Culture Award (2007)
Corral de Comedias Award at the Almagro Festival (2010)

Essential works

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    Coronada y el toro

    A work by Francisco Nieva that criticises and satirises the darkly reactionary side of Spain and defends the people’s right to make a revolution.

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    The Manuscript Found in Saragossa

    Francisco Nieva’s comic play, based on the novel of the same name by Jan Potocki.

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  • ‘The Phantom Lady’. National Theatre Museum, Almagro © Ministerio de Cultura

    La dama duende (The Phantom Lady) by Pedro Calderón de la Barca

    Wardrobe design for the character of “Doña Ángela” and inspired by classical illustrators.

    National Theatre Museum (Almagro)

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Other highlighted works

  • Los baños de Argel


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