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The Trickster of Seville and the Stone Guest

  • 'The Rogue of Seville' © EFE

    'The Rogue of Seville' © EFE

  

Category

Dramatic literature, Theatre

Date

Around 1612-1625.

Original title

El burlador de Sevilla y convidado de piedra

A play attributed to Tirso de Molina, which introduces the character of 'Don Juan', who went on to become one of the great icons of Spanish theatre.

This play is considered to be the genesis of the myth of 'Don Juan', one of the most famous and most frequently performed characters in Spanish theatre.
Originally called 'El burlador de Sevilla y convidado de piedra' ('The Rogue of Seville and the Stone Guest'), it tells the story of Don Juan Tenorio, a nobleman from Seville who dishonours as many women as he can in order to upset the social order.

The first version of the play, known as 'Tan largo me lo fiáis' was staged in Cordoba in 1617 by the Jerónimo Sánchez theatre company. The myth of Don Juan was later used by great playwrights such as Molière and Lorenzo de Ponte, and ultimately by Lord Byron, Espronceda and José Zorrilla, among others.

  

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