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  • Las bicicletas son para el verano © EFE

    Las bicicletas son para el verano © EFE



Dramatic literature, Theatre



Original title

Las bicicletas son para el verano

A work by Fernando Fernán-Gómez about memories of his childhood during the Spanish Civil War that met with great success.

A play by the writer and actor, Fernando Fernán-Gómez, it premiered at the Teatro Español in Madrid in April 1982 under the direction of José Carlos Plaza.

The play, which brings together the author’s childhood impressions, recounts the daily life of a family in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War. The youngest member of the family, Luisito, wants a bicycle in exchange for passing his school exams. However, the difficult circumstances mean that he has to wait longer than expected for his gift. The writer reflects the atmosphere of the time, the different ideologies adhered to, the disagreements and disputes, death and the desperation provoked by the Civil War, though he also leaves room for the hope of the children.

The play was one of Fernán-Gómez’s greatest successes, receiving a long litany of awards. Indeed, no time was lost in adapting it for the cinema.


National Lop de Vega Award
Public and Critics’ Award
Mayte Theatre Award


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