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Closed 11 Dec 2019
Image courtesy Cervantes Theatre
Charting the rise and fall of the Trueba family in an un-named Latin American country (reminiscent of Chile), Caridad Svich's play spans the 1920s through the 1970s, as the country moves through enormous sociopolitical changes that culminate in a devastating dictatorship.
The play is told from the sensorial point of view of the youngest of three generations of women, Alba, who is held as the play opens, in a torture room by the government.
The swirling memories, frightening and amusing, lyrical and fantastic, illuminate the stage as Alba records her family's history and ultimately finds the strength to recover her own story.
This new re-imagining of "The House of the Spirits" is a bold and daring theatre piece that captures the force and sensuality of Allende's vision through Caridad Svich's unique poetic spirit.
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Age suitability: Not available
"The House of the Spirits," published in 1982, is a National Bestseller and Isabel Allende's debut novel which catapulted her to literary stardom.
When Isabel Allende's novel first appeared on the international literary scene, it was widely heralded as a feminist response to Gabriel García Marquez's “One Hundred Years of Solitude”; it continues to this day to captivate readers across the world as it has been translated in over 20 languages.
14 Dec - production extended with the following dates added:
in Spanish: 3, 7 (Saturday), 9, 10 December (19.30)
in English: 5, 6, 11 December (19.30) - Buy Tickets *
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229 Union Street
London SE1 0LR
Performance days & times
Monday ‑ 7‑30pm
Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Friday ‑ 7‑30pm (22 Nov)
Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm
Friday ‑ 7‑30pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm
Author: Caridad Svich after Isabel Allende