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The House of Bernarda Alba


  • Playwright

    Aidan Mathews 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca

  • Author Notes

    A translation of Federico Garcia Lorca's original play.
  • Setting

    A village in Spain in the early 1930s.

  • Synopsis

    In rural Spain, five daughters exist in a cloistered household managed by their widowed mother and demented grandmother. Following the death of their father, Bernarda Alba enforces an eight year mourning period on her daughters, and tensions build.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Mourner Anne Keatings
Mourner Geraldine Maguire
Mourner Elena Lopez
Prudencia Maureen Toal
Maria Josefa Patricia Hayes
Martirio Kate O'Toole
Adela Orla Brady
La Poncia Pat Leavy
Magdalena Barbara Brennan
Angustias Bernadette McKenna
Bernarda Alba Joan O'Hara
Mourner Deirdre Monaghan
Amelia Jane Brennan
Mourner Gina Moxley
Beggar Woman Gina Moxley
Maid Stella McCusker
Mourner Susan Mellon
Production Team  
Director Ben Barnes
Set Designer Tim Reed
Lighting Designer Rupert Murray
Costume Designer Nigel Boyd
Assistant Costume Designer Anne O'Halloran
Production Manager Rupert Murray
Stage Director Lita O'Connell
Assistant Stage Manager George Heslin
Assistant Stage Manager Anne Keatings
Set Construction Chameleon Productions
Stage Carpenter Fred West
Scenic Artist Francis Morgan
Wardrobe Mistress Orla O'Brien
Costume Construction The Costume Shop
Chief Electrician James McConnell
Chief Electrician Tom Clarke
Photography Tom Lawlor (1)
Company Director Michael Colgan (1)
Company Deputy Director Marie Rooney
Company Deputy Director Anne Clarke

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Adaptation rights

  • Contact

    A.P. Watt Ltd.

  • Address

    20 John Street
    London WC1N 2DR

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7405 6774

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.