Arcola Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath and Belgrade Theatre Coventry

DON GIL OF THE GREEN BREECHES / Don Gil de las Calzas Verdes (1615)

Tirso de Molina New translation by Sean O'Brien

Directed by: Mehmet Ergen

As part of our Spanish Golden Age season Don Gil of the Green Breeches is an exuberant comedy which blends mistaken identity, role-reversal, ghosts and green trousers.

Dona Juana has fallen for the oldest trick in the book. The dashing Don Martin, the man she thought she was going to marry, has left her for the wealthy Dona ines. However Dona Juana is not the sort of woman to take this lying down.

She pulls on a pair of green breeches and sets off to Madrid in hot pursuit of Don Martin, assuming the same name he is using to woo his new lover – a strategy which will either cause a change of heart or complete chaos.

Written by Tirso de Molina, this deliciously anarchic and original comedy has been translated by Sean O’Brien, an award-winning English poet, critic and playwright. Sean’s prizes include the Somerset Maugham Award, the Cholmondeley Award, the Forward Poetry Prize and the T. S.Eliot Prize.

See more about the full Spanish Golden Age Season [here](

Painting “Guardainfanta” © Sol Úbeda [](

Spanish Golden Age photographs by Jane Hobson

Hear some of the music from the Spanish Golden Age Season by composer Jon Nicholls [here](

“Ergen’s direction is slick and ensures the ever-building chaos never falters”

★★★★ What’s Peen Seen

“Hedydd Dylan is a compelling Don Gil/Doña Juana; she keeps up with the pace and the complexity of the play brilliantly, and her mannerisms bring her roles to life.”

★★★ Plays to See

“This new translation of the Spanish is beautiful, lyrical phrases hidden among the deliberate full stops of rhyming couplets.”

British Theatre Guide

9 January – 15 March 2014
Monday – Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm £18 (£14 con)

Opening Preview Performances All tickets £14
Previews (9, 13, 14 and 15 January)

Performance Dates in Rep
w/c 13 January (Mon – Sat)
w/c 03 February (Mon – Sat)
w/c 24 February (Mon – Sat)
15th March (Sat Eve)

Saturday matinees at 2.30pm £16 (£12 con)

Pay What You Can Tuesdays

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Running time: 2hrs 20mins including interval