AAM actress Laura Arnaiz is currently playing the part of Pancha in the new production of The House of the Spirits at The Cervantes Theatre in London. The performances are in English and Spanish.
The play by Caridad Svich is based on Isabel Allende’s most popular novel.
Charting the rise and fall of the Trueba family in an unnamed Latin American country (reminiscent of Chile), Caridad Svich’s play spans the 1920s through the 1970s, as the country moves through enormous sociopolitical changes that culminate in a devastating dictatorship.
The play is told from the sensorial point of view of the youngest of three generation of women, Alba, who is held as the play opens, in a torture room by the government. The swirling memories, frightening and amusing, lyrical and fantastic, illuminate the stage as Alba records her family’s history and ultimately finds the strength to recover her own story.
This new re-imagining of The House of the Spirits is a bold and daring theatre piece that captures the force and sensuality of Allende’s vision through Caridad Svich’s unique poetic spirit.
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