The House of Bernarda Alba
The House of Bernarda Alba (Spanish: La casa de Bernarda Alba)  is a play by the Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca. Lorca described the play in its subtitle as a drama of women in the villages of Spain. The House of Bernarda Alba was Lorca's last play, completed on 19 June 1936, two months before his death during the Spanish Civil War. The play was first performed in 1945.
Translations and adaptations
Translated into English by James Graham-Lujan and Richard L. O'Connell. Published by New Directions, 1955.
Performance history in South Africa
1951: Staged in June for the University of Cape Town Drama Department in the Little Theatre, directed by Leonard Schach, featuring Edna Jacobson, Lydia Lindeque, June Range and others. Decor by Cecil Pym.
1962: Presented by University Theatre Stellenbosch, produced by Jo Gevers who also designed the decor. The cast were Gertie Smith-Visser (Bernarda), Carmen Haddad, Annietjie Vorster, Louise Saayman, Ilse Geyer, Antoinette Terblanche, Leslie Young, Lena Eksteen, Estelle Knobel, Christine Basson and others. Lighting by Emile Aucamp, costumes designed by Marie Pentz.
1973: Krige's Afrikaans translation, Die Huis van Bernarda Alba was staged by the Universiteitsteater Stellenbosch in the H.B. Thom Theatre in May, directed by Ria Olivier, featuring Antoinette Kellermann as Bernarda Alba, Sybil Coetzee, Tessa Cowan, Lize Treurnicht, Lois Malan and others. Decor and costumes designed by Neels Hansen, lighting by Emile Aucamp.
The English translation was staged at the Market Theatre in July 2003, adapted by Rona Munro and directed by Swedish director Maria Weisby, with Lindiwe Ndlovu (Bernarda), Nthabiseng Baloyi (Angustias), Phindile Ntuli (Adela), Nomathamsanga Baleka (a magogo), Takalani Phophi (Martirio), Lerato Maku (Magdalena) and Ntombi Maqalika (Amelia). Set designed by Nadya Cohen, costumes by Margo Fleisch and lighting by Nomvula Molepo.
Inskip, 1977. p 118
UTS theatre pamphlet
Sunday Independent, 13 July 2003.
The Star, 15 July 2003.
The Citizen, 15 July 2003.
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