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José Luis Alonso de Santos

  • José Luis Alonso de Santos © Sergio Enríquez-Nistal / EL MUNDO

    José Luis Alonso de Santos © Sergio Enríquez-Nistal / EL MUNDO






Date of birth


"Actor, director and playwright. He has written more than 30 plays including particularly 'Bajarse al moro' and 'La Estanquera de Vallecas', both of which have been made into films."

He was born in Valladolid in 1942. He settled in Madrid and in 1959 began his acting career in independent theatre groups. In 1976 he wrote his first work entitled 'Viva el duque, nuestro dueño!', which was staged at the Pequeño Teatro Magallanes. His work 'La estanquera de Vallecas' was performed in the Teatro Martín theatre (1985). He has been director of the Royal Higher School of Dramatic Arts in Madrid and professor of dramatic writing, as well as director of the National Classical Theatre Company between June 2000 and September 2004. He is the author of the novel 'Paisaje desde mi bañera' as well as numerous essays and works of research on the theatre. His work has enjoyed notable success from critics and public alike.


National Theatre Award (1986)
Max Award. Theater (2005)

Essential works

  • Work of culture - Generic image

    El álbum familiar

    José Luis Alonso de Santos reconstructs his impressions of post-war Spain in this work, linking experiences as a photographic album.

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Other highlighted works

  • La estanquera de Vallecas
  • Bajarse al moro
  • Salvajes
  • Fuera de quicio
  • Dígaselo con Valium
  • La cena de los generales
  • La sombra del Tenorio
  • Una de piratas
  • Paisaje desde mi bañera

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