A new version by Emily Mann
By Federico garcía Lorca
Directed By Bijan Sheibani
Following her husband’s funeral, powerful matriarch Bernarda Alba decrees to her five daughters that the household will enter a period
of eight years mourning. The only one it seems will escape this fate is the eldest daughter, Angustias, who is already betrothed to the
village’s most eligible bachelor.
In the strict confines of the house, jealousy and suppressed sexuality rise to the surface. As Bernarda’s oppression of her daughters increases it is more than the girls’ liberty that is in danger.
With Shohreh Aghdashloo leading the cast as Bernarda Alba, one of Lorca’s best-known works is relocated to rural Iran.
Bijan Sheibani has previously directed work at theatres including the Royal Court, Soho Theatre and Young Vic. He is an Associate Director at the National Theatre, where his productions include Our Class and The Kitchen.
Previews Thu 19 - Wed 25 January
Press Night Thu 26 January (7pm)
Evening performances 7.30pm
Saturday matinees 2.30pm from 28 January
Wednesday matinees 2.30pm on 15 & 29 February
Happy Mondays 23 January
Talkback Mon 20 February (post performance)
Captioned Thu 23 February, 7.30pm
Audio-described Sat 3 March, 2.30pm (Touch Tour at 1pm)
With her husband Houshang, Shohreh writes, performs and produces Farsi language theatre for an Iranian audience through her travelling theatre group Drama Workshop ’79.
Television includes: House of Saddam (Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries); Law & Order; Grey’s Anantomy; ER; Will & Grace; 24.
Film includes: The Stoning of Soraya M; House of Sand and Fog (New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress / Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress / Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female / Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress); The Nativity Story; X-Men: The Last Stand; The Lake House; The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2; American Dreamz; The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
"It’s hard to imagine a more perfect House of Bernarda Alba"
“It is a riveting evening"
"The production is a marvel of carefully built-up, beautifully lit atmosphere."
"poetic and tactful staging…hypnotic
Running time is approximately 1 hour 35 minutes. There will be no interval.
Latecomers may not be admitted; likewise if you leave the auditorium during the performance you may not be able to return.
Writer Federico García Lorca
Adaptor Emily Mann
Director Bijan Sheibani
Design Bunny Christie
Lighting Jon Clark
Sound Dan Jones
Casting Alastair Coomer
Movement Aline David
Fight Director Kate Waters
Dialect Coach Penny Dyer
Assistant Director Monica Bofill