The detonation

Mariano José de Larra, one of the writers of Spanish Romanticism, commits suicide after being abandoned by his lover, Dolores Armijo. The action takes place in the moment before the shooting that ends the life of the journalist and recreates the most relevant moments of his life: the intrigues and power struggles in which he was involved since he wanted to save his country, the censorship he suffered, and a love story that ends in a serious disappointment.


THEMES: Passion, Power Struggle, Infidelity, Romanticism, Suicide, Heartbreak, Totalitarian Regime

GENRE: Drama, Historical, Biography



In this play the Spanish XIXth century is portrayed in its literary and political dimensions. The flashback that structures the whole action, makes this play tremendously cinematographic. As well as serving as a history lesson, its various spaces, characters and situations make it extraordinarily modern.

Buero Vallejo is the great theatrical author of the twentieth century. He won the Premio Miguel de Cervantes (1986) and the Premio Nacional de las Letras Españolas (1996). In addition, he has received in four occasions the Premio Nacional de Teatro and also the Honorary Max Theatre Award, among many other distinctions.



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