The Cervantes Theatre presents

Black, el Payaso

Black, the Clown
By Pablo Sorozábal and Francisco Serrano Anguita

Directed by Paula Paz

Exiled from a country immersed in civil war, two clowns find themselves in the heart of the Parisian underworld at a time of revolution.

Black, el Payaso / Black, the Clown is one of Pablo Sorozábal‘s most ambitious and wide-ranging work. An ingenious allegory of art and nationalist politics, its sharp and political edge that remains relevant today. The libretto is based on the French novel La princesse aux clowns by Jean-José Frappa.

This zarzuela (a Spanish opereta) first premiered in Spain in 1942.  This Cervantes Theatre production directed by Paula Paz marks its UK premiere.

Black, el Payaso / Black, the Clown is part of Grimeborn Opera Festival 2022. Explore the full programme →

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  • Running time: 90 minutes (no interval)
  • Accompanied by piano and violin
  • Sung in Spanish with English Surtitles
  • Text in English with Spanish Surtitles