The House of Bernarda Alba

By Federico García Lorca. Translated by Jo Clifford
Directed by Jenny Sealey
A Royal Exchange Theatre and Graeae Theatre Company co-production
3 – 25 February 2017
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Reviews
  • The Guardian "Director Jenny Sealey's seamless incorporation of British Sign Language, visual description and captioning...breathtaking theatre by the most economical means." Read more...
  • The Times "Jenny Sealey directs with dexterity, interweaving all the demands of this production into something special. An extraordinary production. " Read more...
  • FT "Jenny Sealey’s production of Lorca’s final play is not only deft in this approach to its staging, it also opens several further dimensions to the play’s thematic preoccupations." Read more...
  • The Stage "Rich, thoughtful, timely." Read more...
  • Reviews Hub "Stirring. Truly accessible to all. " Read more...
  • Northern Soul "Apart from Hunter’s extraordinary performance in this production from Manchester’s Royal Exchange and Graeae Theatre, there is much to admire in Jo Clifford’s translation." Read more...
  • Disability Arts Online "The use of BSL creates an extra layer of meaning and interpretation adding to the richness of the text. The truly transformative nature of Graeae's approach simply can't be underestimated...the staging is delightful in its simplicity. " Read more...
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We will brick up the doors and board up the windows.
We won’t let in a breath of air from the street.

Renowned performer Kathryn Hunter plays Bernarda in Lorca’s final masterpiece – a bitter and darkly comic tragedy that charts the tyranny, jealousy and desperate struggle for freedom that will tear Bernarda and her daughters apart.

This is the first major co-production between the Royal Exchange Theatre and Graeae Theatre Company.

“I have wanted to direct this play for many years, and am thrilled to finally be doing so with this full-blooded translation by the wonderful Jo Clifford. Alongside this heated tale of competitiveness, danger and fragility, we’ll be weaving Graeae’s famous ‘aesthetics of access’ into the fabric of the production, ensuring it truly is a landmark event, while showcasing the extraordinary talent of our D/deaf and disabled actors.”
Jenny Sealey, Director

 

The House of Bernarda Alba – official trailer from Graeae on Vimeo.

Find out more about each of the characters, by listening to these audio introductions, introduced by each member of the cast:

 

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Cast
  • Bernarda Alba
    Kathryn Hunter
  • Maria Josefa
    Paddy Glynn
  • Angustias
    Nadia Nadarajah
  • Magdalena
    Chloe Clarke
  • Amelia
    Philippa Cole
  • Martirio
    Kellan Frankland
  • Adela
    Hermon Berhane
  • Signer Maid
    EJ Raymond
  • Speaker Maid
    Natalie Amber
  • Poncia
    Alison Halstead
  • Prudencia and voice of Beggar Woman
    Freddie Stabb
Credits
  • Playwright — Federico García Lorca
  • Translator — Jo Clifford
  • Director — Jenny Sealey
  • Designer — Liz Ascroft
  • Lighting Designer — Johanna Town
  • Sound Designer — Carolyn Downing
  • Voice — Frankie Armstrong
  • Assistant Director — Nicola Miles-Wildin
  • Casting — Sarah Hughes CDG
Performance schedule
NEWS & OPINION
  • The run up to press night

    When we began rehearsals at Bradbury Studios (Graeae Headquarters) on 9 January, opening night and The Royal Exchange seemed far far away. Now here we are our first week of opening and what a week it has been. After an intense few days of tech with the brilliant design team, it was time for us […]

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  • Audio Description for The House Of Bernarda Alba

    A Graeae Theatre Company and Royal Exchange Theatre co-production. As a blind person, audio description has always been one of those things that I’ve sort of loved and hated all at the same time.  Completely relying on the audio when watching theatre, TV or film, I definitely get frustrated when there’s a long silence and […]

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  • We’re here. At Manchester Royal Exchange

    We’re here. At Manchester Royal Exchange. Looking at the outside of the theatre, I get a feeling of excited apprehension. Though that might have been watching my fellow cast members going on the rodeo bull at the Christmas Party (which was only organised as a team building exercise). When we were first allowed inside the […]

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