Capulets and Montagues
April 18 @ 7:30 pm - April 21 @ 7:30 pm€12 - €15
Our next production is the premiere of
‘The Capulets and Montagues or ‘Romeo and Juliet: The Comedy’ by Lope de Vega,
in an English version by Paul Maher.
The play will be staged in the Hall of Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square from 18 to 21 April this year in a cabaret style production with live music and dance.
This production is particularly exciting because
• Lope de Vega (1564-1635) is Spain’s foremost playwright and a contemporary of Shakespeare. Though virtually unknown in the English speaking world he is hugely respected among Spanish speakers and is credited with writing over 1,500 plays in his lifetime, many of them classics of world theatre. Some people may remember the evening in 2015 when Paul introduced Lope’s work to the society
• ‘The Capulets and Montagues’ was written around the same time as ‘Romeo and Juliet’ from broadly the same source material, and there is no evidence that either playwright was aware of the other’s work.
• Lope created a comedy from the material while Shakespeare created a tragedy.
• There is a broad correlation between scenes in both plays: a party scene in which the lovers fall in love at first sight, a fight scene and killing after which the male protagonist is sent into exile, a farewell scene in the garden between the lovers, a sleeping draught that induces a death-like state in the female protagonist, and a scene in a crypt.
• This is a English version produced particularly for the Shakes.
• This may be the first production in Ireland of a play by Lope de Vega. It is certainly the first in living memory
• By attending the show get the opportunity to evaluate how two masters of world theatre shaped brilliant but very different plays from the same source material.