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Barbaric Comedies

By Ramón Maria del Valle-Inclán in a new version by Frank McGuinness

Venue Abbey Theatre
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Directed by Calixto Bieito
Set design by Alfons Flores
Costume design by Mercé Paloma
Lighting design by Xavier Clot and Keith Yetton
Composer Óscar Roig
Assistant Director Steven Gale
Cast Anthony Brophy, Des Cave, Tonia Chauvet, Robert Donovan, Aidan Kelly, Garrett Keogh, Mark Lambert, Owen McDonnell, Catherine Mack, Ronnie Masterson, Eleanor Methven, Janet Moran, Eamon Morrissey, Joan O'Hara, Kate O'Toole, Derry Power, Lalor Roddy, Owen Sharpe, Karl Shiels, Cathy White, Mal Whyte

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Widely regarded as ahead of his time (1866-1936), Valle-Inclán's plays were rarely performed in his lifetime. Amongst the best known are Divine Words and Bohemian Lights (both published in 1920) and the trilogy of plays known as Barbaric Comedies: Silver Face , Rampant Eagle and Wolves' Romance (published between 1907 and 1922).

The sheer size and breadth of these three separate plays has meant that Barbaric Comedies has rarely been seen in its entirety. This new production enables the audience to enjoy the trilogy in one evening. Long recognised as a masterpiece of Spanish theatre, Barbaric Comedies is a tragi-comedy following the fortunes of one Don Juan Manuel Montenegro. This is an epic, wild and wonderful story of greed, ferocity and passion told by one of Spain's greatest modern playwrights.

Barbaric Comedies is directed by award-winning Catalan director Calixto Bieito, whose stunning production of Life is a Dream amazed audiences and critics alike at the 1998 Edinburgh Festival.This new version by acclaimed playwright Frank McGuinness promises to be a theatrical spectacular with a cast of 21 bringing Valle-Inclan's story to life.

This play contains scenes that some may find offensive.

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