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El perro del hortelano

The TNC to host one of the timeless comedies of Lope de Vega

Helena Pimenta to direct 'El perro del hortelano', a classic from the Golden Age of Spanish drama.

According to the Spanish proverb, the ‘perro del hortelano' (the gardener's dog) is one that neither eats nor lets others eat. This expression, which has been popular since medieval times, describes those possessive and hesitant people who, while not making any decisions themselves, prevent others from making them. At heart, it describes a very human trait: that of not knowing how to exercise one’s own freedom and preventing others from exercising theirs. Lope de Vega decided to call one of his most famous comedies 'El perro del hortelano' since it depicts the poisonous amorous relationship between Countess Diana and her secretary Teodoro, in which she takes the initiative but always aborts any possible resolution or culmination of pleasure. In the end, she neither eats nor allows the other to eat, under the yoke of social conventions and a selfishness that prevent the normal exercise of freedom. The new production of this classic can be seen at Teatre Nacional de Catalunya from 14 December to 7 January.

The TNC will be hosting a version adapted by Álvaro Tato from the 1618 original, directed by Helena Pimenta for the Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico, featuring actors such as Rafa Castejón, Joaquín Notario, Marta Poveda, Álvaro de Juan and Óscar Zafra. This is an excellent opportunity to see an example of classical Spanish drama, which is often forgotten by the current public, despite its continued relevance and power of communication.

You’ll find more information on the TNC website, where you can also book your tickets.

Publication date: Tuesday, 12 December 2017
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