Archive for the ‘Theatre’ Category

“Danton’s Death” BBC1 Play of the Month 23rd April 1978

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Danton’s Death BBC1 Play of the Month 23rd April 1978. With Ian Richardson as Robespierre.

Muere Jacinto Benavente/ Video

Jacinto Benavente

Jacinto Benavente

Muere Jacinto Benavente/ Video.

Friedrich Schiller: A Genius Finds Words (1759-1783)/ Video

Friedrich Schiller by Ludovike Simanowiz

Friedrich Schiller by Ludovike Simanowiz

The early years of German poet/philosopher/historian/playwright Friedrich Schiller, from his birth to young adulthood, including his tenure at a brutal military academy, conflict with the local ruler, Karl Eugen, Duke of Württemberg, and his first significant theatrical success, “The Robbers.” Narrated in English over scenes of the places and locales where Schiller resided and worked. Dramatic reenactments are interspersed, including one long segment enacting a scene from “The Robbers” in German with no translation. Produced by Cologne-based German TV company, TransTel.

LA VIDA ES SUEÑO – Calderón de la Barca–Audio

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Es un honor traer la que para mí es la obra de teatro más grande de las letras castellanas. La Vida es sueño es una obra escrita por Pedro Calderón de la Barca, estrenada en 1635, pertenece al movimiento literario del barroco. El tema central es la libertad frente al destino.

La concepción de la vida como un sueño es muy antigua, existiendo referencias en el pensamiento hindú, la mística persa, la moral budista, la tradición judeo-cristiana y la filosofía griega. Según Platón, el hombre vive en un mundo de sueños, de tinieblas, cautivo en una cueva de la que sólo podrá liberarse tendiendo hacia el Bien; únicamente entonces el hombre desistirá de la materia y llegará a la luz.

El influjo de esta concepción platónica en la obra es evidente: Segismundo vive en un principio dentro de una cárcel, de una caverna, donde permanece en la más completa oscuridad por el desconocimiento de sí mismo; sólo cuando es capaz de saber quién es, consigue el triunfo, la luz.

William Trevor, novelist and short story writer, dies aged 88

Trevor's most recent novel was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Trevor’s most recent novel was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

William Trevor, the Irish novelist, playwright and short story writer, has died at the age of 88, his publisher has announced.

Penguin Random House Ireland tweeted: “We regret to announce the death of William Trevor, one of Ireland’s greatest writers.”

It added: “We extend our deepest condolences to his family.”

The writer won the Whitbread Prize in 1994 and has been shortlisted four times for the Man Booker Prize.

Writer Joyce Carol Oates led the tributes to Trevor on Twitter.

“William Trevor, one of the great short story writers. Beautifully composed, lyrical, understated prose,” she wrote.

Crime novelist Sarah Hilary : “RIP William Trevor, one of my favourite authors.”

Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork, in the Republic of Ireland on 24 May 1928.

He was educated at St Columba’s College and Trinity College in Dublin before working briefly as a teacher, and later as a copywriter in an advertising agency.