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The House of Bernarda Alba - King's Head Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ECCLESIA Theatre is presenting their debut London show, David Hare’s adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, at the King’s Head Theatre – on June 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2014.

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.

The cast comprises Nesba Crenshaw, Stephaie Racine, Faye Winter, Jenny Wilford, Maggie Daniels, Antonia Reed Felstead, Judy Tcherniak, Sophie Doherty, Antonia Davies and Hannah Wood.

The House of Bernarda Alba is directed by company artistic director Scott Hurran and has costume and set design by Natasha Prynne and lighting design by Zoe Spurr.

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.

Tickets: £15, £12.50 concessions – available from the box office on 0207 478 0160 or online at

Time: 7.15pm.

Charles Court Opera is presenting Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience at the King’s Head Theatre from June 4 to June 28, 2014.