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Don Juan Tenorio

  • Costume design by Salvador Dalí for the staging of “Don Juan Tenorio”. National Theatre Museum, Almagro © Ministerio de Cultura

    Costume design by Salvador Dalí for the staging of “Don Juan Tenorio”. National Theatre Museum, Almagro © Ministerio de Cultura

  

Category

Dramatic literature, Theatre

Date

1844

Original title

Don Juan Tenorio

Zorrilla reinterprets one of the great myths of Spanish literature in a work that has become the most frequently performed play in the history of Spanish theatre.

A play by José Zorrilla, premiered in Madrid's Teatro de la Cruz theatre in March 1844.

Following closely Tirso de Molina’s “The Rogue of Seville” (1630), Zorrilla created the romantic myth of the quintessential ladies' man. Over its two parts, the author takes us back to the Seville of the late 16th century, the scene of Don Juan’s womanizing antics. However, unlike previous authors, Zorrilla saves his character from eternal damnation by making him profess sincere love for Doña Inés.

This is a thoroughly romantic work, and the author does not omit any of the genre’s features: an aura of mystery, the dominance of feelings over reason, impossible love, the tragic ending and the vivacity of nature.

  

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