Madness In Valencia
Between 1590 and 1595, Félix Lope de Vega y Carpio penned a comedy that successfully portrayed the Spanish Golden Age in the form of “Madness in Valencia”. One of his earliest plays, it concerns two characters who must hide out in a lunatic asylum to escape from their fates.
Now a new production of the show is appearing at the Trafalgar Studios 2 as David Johnson offers a new translation with the backing of Black and White Rainbow. At the helm is Simon Evans who directs a crew that includes Kate Matthews, Jonas Roebuck and Tom White, plus a cast that includes Kathryn Beaumont.
In Madness in Valencia, the two characters at the heart of the story are Floriano and Erifila; two people with different reasons to be on the run. Floriano made the mistake of taking his sword to his rival and, upon discovering that he was the Prince, had no choice but to flee. Meanwhile, Erifila was entangled in an arranged marriage she wanted no part of, taking flight with nowhere to turn. Pretty soon they find themselves within the confines of Valencia’s lunatic asylum, where to escape their fates that have been bundled with fools and physicians and are certain to become victims to their antics. Floriano finds himself as the target of unwanted attention from the female inmates, whilst the male inmates have their sights on Erifila.
During the course of the how, the two fleeing Spaniards may have also found love in the unlikeliest of places.
When the show was first staged at the White Bear Fringe venue in early 2009 Simon Evans once again directed the production and his team will also make the transition to the Trafalgar Studios. With David Johnson they have created a translation of the work from a man who was one of the most celebrated playwrights of his era. In Spanish Golden Century Baroque Theatre he stood out amongst the rest, producing 3,000 sonnets, 1,800 plays, 9 epic poems, 4 novellas and 3 novels – an impressive back catalogue of work even by today’s standards.
As well as Kathryn Beaumont, the cast of the production includes William Belchambers, James Canvin, Jonathan Christie, Andrew David, David Frias-Robles, Laurence Fuller, Alicia Grace Turrell, David Wade, Tom Watt and Elizabeth Webster.
Madness in Valencia is at the Trafalgar Studios 2 from Thursday 11th February 2010 (previews from Tuesday 9th February 2010) to Saturday 6th March 2010.
||Tuesday, 9th February 2010
||Saturday, 6th March 2010
||Thursday and Saturday 3.00pm
||Monday to Saturday 7.45pm