The English theater returns to the Lunario with political comedy Hansard – 24 Hours

After almost two years suspended by the pandemic, next Sunday, November 7, Lunario of the National Auditorium takes up the screening of one of the best theaters in the world, English, in the series National Theater Live, with the political comedy Hansard, directed by Simon Godwin, which will be the first of five works for the 2021-2022 season in the capital forum.

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With a somewhat modified format of functions, since now two will be presented on Sundays, at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (before they were paths on Sunday and Monday), the season will continue on November 28 with a drama about autism that is already has presented with great success several times in the Lunario, The Curious Incident of the Dog at Midnight, starring Luke treadaway, based on the best seller of Mark Haddon and winner of 7 awards Laurence olivier and 5 Tony.

The rest of the functions will be screened from next year: the award classic Nobel Prize in Literature 2005 Harold Pinter, No Man’s Land, on January 16; On February 20 he returns to the Lunario War Horse, one of the most successful contemporary works on English and American stages, and closes the classic of Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, the 27th of March.

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Hansard, the first title, deals with British politics during the prime minister’s government Margaret Thatcher, from 1979 to 1990, based on an argument written by Simon Woods, in which the marital discussions of a couple are presented: Robin Hesketh, Conservative Party official, and his wife, Diana Hesketh, a feminist, who after 30 years of marriage, begins to criticize her husband’s ideology, specifically, his racism, homophobia, misogyny and classism.

Dialogue, with a strong political and social focus like many of the works that have been presented in the series – the cases of The Lehman trilogy, from Sam mendes, or The audience, with Helen Mirren, are eloquent – falls on the performances of Alex Jennings (Hesketh) and Lindsay duncan (Diana), both winners of the Olivier Award and with an extensive career in film, television and theater.

The title of the work comes because Hansard is the traditional denomination of the official reports of the parliamentary debates in Great Britain. Through the history of this marriage, the work shows, in a hilarious and funny way, the contradictions of the British political class at a specific moment in its history. However, it also invites reflection on a current situation characterized by ideological fragmentation and division.

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The Serie National Theater Live, that during the first year of the pandemic could be seen on YouTube from the page of that English institution in an open and free way, with productions from previous seasons, it began to appear at the Lunario in 2009 and since then the citizens of the capital have been able to see more than 80 stagings, between classic and contemporary.

In addition to the staging this season, as is tradition, the possibility of seeing several of the great English actors of recent decades, such as the cases of Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart (No man’s land), James mcavoy (Cyrano de Bergerac) and the same Treadaway (The curious incident …), Jennings and Duncan (Hansard). In addition to great directors like Sam Mendes, Simon Godwin, Jamie Loyd or Sean Mathias.


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The English theater returns to the Lunario with political comedy Hansard – 24 Hours