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Don Mendo's Revenge

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Dramatic literature, Theatre



Original title

La venganza de don Mendo

Famous comedy by Pedro Muñoz Seca marking the dawn of the ‘Astracán’ genre.

Theatrical comedy by Pedro Muñoz Seca, premiering in the Teatro de la Comedia in Madrid in 1918, this is the first work classified as part of the ‘Astracán’ genre, conceived by Muñoz Seca himself. This genre is characterised by its accessible humour, absurd situations, puns and comic wordplay that aimed at simply pleasing the bourgeoisie.

Taking place in medieval Spain, the work narrates the love between Don Mendo and Magdalena, whose ambition drives her to marry Don Pedro without telling her lover. For this reason, after being jailed, Don Mendo plays out his revenge.

The work was intended to be a farce on romantic theatre and is essentially a trip through the meters and verses of Castilian poetry.


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