This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel Cervantes: author of Don Quijote, re-inventor of Spanish Golden Age theatre, contemporary of Shakespeare. In the spirit of the Festival’s theme, we celebrate
Cervantes in ‘playful’ mode, through creative and critical engagement with his ironic —and at times iconoclastic— outlook on life and art. Our celebration has two stages: performance and reflections.
In the first part of this event, Catherine Boyle and Julian Weiss will be performing readings of three works by Cervantes, as well as contemporary English and Spanish writers.
The Out of the Wings Theatre Research, Translation and Performance group at King’s has been holding regular workshops, bringing together graduate students and theatre professionals in the development of theatre scripts for performance. The second part of this event will showcase their work by presenting three plays. Actors will perform excerpts from Spanish playwright, Yolanda Serrano’s Ser o no Cervantes / To Be or Not Cervantes, Kim Gilchrist’s Forgiving Shakespeare (a play about an encounter between Cervantes and Shakespeare), and Cervantes, an Entremés (one-act play).
This event is one of two events concerning ‘Cervantes at Play’. It is followed by an afternoon workshop, held on Tuesday 18, that will combine critical reflection on Cervantes with the practical process of understanding his work for performance. Please see the event page for more information. Attendees to these performances are warmly encouraged to join us for the workshop of the following day, but are under no obligation to do so.
CATHERINE BOYLE is Professor of Latin American Cultural Studies at King’s College London, where she directs the theatre translation and performance project, Out of the Wings. She is a director of Head for Heights Theatre Company, and a translator of Latin American theatre and poetry. She is also Principal Investigator on the research project ‘Language Acts and Worldmaking’, funded by the AHRC Open World Research Initiative.
JULIAN WEISS is Professor of Medieval & Early Modern Spanish at King’s College London, and an affiliate member of the Department of Comparative Literature. He is a Co-Investigator on the AHRC funded ‘Language Acts and Worldmaking’, leading projects related to the global impact of Sephardic culture.