Golden age of Spanish season at Coventry's Belgrade

Published: 22 March 2014
Reporter: Steve Orme

A Lady of Little Sense, one of the three plays in The Spanish Golden Age Season

Coventry’s Belgrade is to unveil three rarely seen pieces in what it calls The Spanish Golden Age Season.

The Belgrade has teamed up with Theatre Royal Bath and Arcola Theatre London to co-produce A Lady of Little Sense by Lope de Vega in a new translation by David Johnston, Don Gil of the Green Breeches by Tirso de Molina in a new translation by Sean O’Brien and Punishment Without Revenge by Lope de Vega in a new translation by Meredith Oakes.

Laurence Boswell and Mehmet Ergen share directorial responsibilities.

Coventry born and bred, Laurence Boswell can list Olivier Award-winning director and RSC associate director on his CV alongside numerous directing credits including Ben Elton's Popcorn and Eddie Izzard in a revival of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

Talking about The Spanish Golden Age Season, he comments, “Ten fantastic actors at the top of their game telling three incredible stories about the glories and dangers of passionate love—it’s a thrilling, unforgettable experience.

“I’m pleased and proud that this celebrated work, which has been loved by delighted audiences in London and Bath, can now be enjoyed in my home town of Coventry.”

The cast of The Spanish Golden Age Season comprises Nick Barber, Jim Bywater, Hedydd Dylan, Annie Hemingway, William Hoyland, Katie Lightfoot, Frances McNamee, Chris Andrew Mellon, Doug Rao and Simon Scardifield.

The season runs in the Belgrade’s B2 auditorium from Wednesday (26 March) until Saturday 19 April.