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The House of Bernarda Alba

  • 'The House of Bernarda Alba' © Teatro Español

    'The House of Bernarda Alba' © Teatro Español

  

Category

Dramatic literature, Theatre

Date

1936

Original title

La casa de Bernarda Alba

The last play by García Lorca, written not long before he was killed, about the dramatic story of Bernarda Alba and her daughters.

"The House of Bernarda Alba" was written around 1936 and is one of Federico García Lorca's best-known and most performed plays, as well as being his last work. The play was premiered after his death, in March 1945 in the Avenida Theatre in Buenos Aires, with Margarita Xirgú as Bernarda Alba.

It tells the story of Bernarda Alba, whose second husband has just died and she decides to observe eight years of strict mourning. Her daughters are also caught up in this situation: Angustias, Magdalena, Amelia, Martirio and Adela will have to put up with her mother's attitude. The names of these characters, as well many other aspects and elements in the play, are symbolic. Like the fact that there are no male characters on stage, thus symbolising chastity.

  

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