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The Phantom Lady

  • Wardrobe design for the performance of 'The Phantom Lady'. National Theatre Museum, Almagro © Ministerio de Cultura

    Wardrobe design for the performance of 'The Phantom Lady'. National Theatre Museum, Almagro © Ministerio de Cultura

  

Category

Dramatic literature, Theatre

Date

1629

Original title

La dama duende

A cloak and dagger comedy by Calderón de la Barca, inspired by the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche.

Dramatic play by Calderón de la Barca, written and premiered in 1629. It was published for the first time in the "Primera parte de comedias de don Pedro Calderón de la Barca" compilation.

It belongs to the cloak and dagger comedy subgenre, and it is based on the myth of Cupid and Psyche, although their roles are switched: This time is the man who falls in love with an invisible woman. Despite using elements from "The Widow from Valencia" (1604) by Lope de Vega, the main model for Calderón was the novel "El soldado Píndaro" (1626) by Gonzalo Céspedes y Meneses.

In one passage the author makes fun of the orator Fray Hortensio Félix Paravicino, who had attacked and committed perjury against the playwright because he chased an actor in a sacred place.

  

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