Lorca Gets Shared Experience MakeoverDate: 9 April 1999
Shared Experience's latest revival, Federico Garcia Lorca's 1945 drama The House of Bernarda Alba, arrives in London next month following a national tour. The play, in a new version by Rona Munro, opens at the Young Vic on 18 May and continues until 12 June 1999.
Shared Experience has earnt a reputation for its conversion of classic literature into modern stage productions. Its recent award-winning productions include Anna Karenina and Jane Eyre. In November, the company will have its West End premiere when it brings Jane Eyre to the recently refurbished New Ambassadors Theatre for a five-week run.
Meanwhile, The House of Bernarda Alba follows the plight of the widow Bernarda. After her husband's death, she locks the doors and windows against the world and imposes a strict period of mourning on her five daughters. Under the shadow of the church and the rules of society, the women conflict and and spiral into emotional chaos.
The cast for The House of Bernarda Alba includes Amanda Drew, Sandra Duncan, Victoria Finney, Janet Henfrey, Carolyn Jones, Ruth Lass, Sandy McDade, Gabrielle Reidy and Tanya Ronder. It is directed by Polly Teale, with design by Angela Davies, lighting by Tina MacHugh, sound by Peter Salem and company movement by Liz Rankin.