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The House of Bernarda Alba at The King’s Head Theatre

The House of AlbaEcclesia present their debut London show: The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca, in an adaptation by David Hare.

The cast is Nesba Crenshaw, Stephaie Racine, Faye Winter, Jenny Wilford, Maggie Daniels, Antonia Reed Felstead, Judy Tcherniak, Sophie Doherty, Antonia Davies and Hannah Wood. Directed by company artistic director Scott Hurran and designed by Natasha Prynne. Lighting design by Zoe Spurr.

The mourning will last for eight years, and in that eight years there’ll be not a breath of air from the street. No. It’ll be as if we’ve bricked up the very doors and windows. That’s how it was in my father’s house, and my grandfather’s too. That’s how you mourn.

Following the recent death of Bernarda’s husband, the Alba household enters a lengthy period of mourning. Bernarda lives to control everyone and everything within her household. The matriarch lives with her five adult daughters and her elderly, ill mother in a joyless and bleak home where her word is final. Her daughters are all unmarried, and are rapidly approaching middle age, with no husbands and no prospects. When the eldest daughter, Angustias, becomes engaged to local man Pepe el Romano, unruly passions begin to fill the Alba household.

Director Scott Hurran trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and RADA. His directing credits include Three to Four Days (Theatre503/Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Immigrant (Theatre Uncut, Young Vic), The Grandfathers (National Theatre Connections, Theatre Chipping Norton and Oxford Playhouse), and The Seventh Continent (Prague Quadrennial). He also recently completed a short film – The Medicine Man – which will be screening at the Cannes Short Film Corner next month. Assistant Directing credits include: The Precariat by Chris Dunkley, In the Beginning by Neil Labute, The Price by Lena Kitsopoulou, Dalgety by David Greig (dir. Emma Callander, Theatre Uncut, Young Vic). This Same England (dir. Elizabeth Freestone, RSC and Pentabus Theatre).

Costume and Set Designer Natasha Prynne trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her Design Assisting credits include The Architects (SHUNT), Candide (Opera National de Lorraine), Olivier-Winner for Outstanding Achievement in Opera Paul Bunyan, and King Priam (English Touring Opera). Wardrobe supervising: The Lightning Child (Shakespeare’s Globe). Costume Design credits include That is all you Need to Know (Idle Motion) and Love Girl and the Innocent (Southwark Playhouse).

Listings Information:
The King’s Head Theatre
www.kingsheadtheatre.com
Dates: 8th June, 15th June, 22nd June, 29th June, 7.15pm
Tickets: £15 (£12.50 concessions)
Box Office: 0207 478 0160
Writer: Federico Garcia Lorca, in an adaptation by David Hare
Director: Scott Hurran
Designer: Natasha Prynne
Lighting Designer: Zoe Spurr
Cast: Nesba Crenshaw, Stephaie Racine, Faye Winter, Jenny Wilford, Maggie Daniels, Antonia Reed Felstead, Judy Tcherniak, Sophie Doherty, Antonia Davies and Hannah Wood
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