“Ricardo III” continues its tour after receiving 5 awards in 2010 and 2011

“Ricardo III” has become the second most awarded show in Atalaya’s history. In autumn it received the Seville Stage Award for Best Show and Best Actor, Jerónimo Arenal, and the closing of the season 2010-2011 brought to Atalaya’s “Ricardo III” the Best Show of the Season Award at Toledo’s Teatro Rojas.

The prize was awarded on September 24th. A week later the names of the winners of the XXXII Festival Ciudad de Palencia awards were made public, and once again the prize went to Jerónimo Arenal for best actor and to Joaquin Galán- also an Atalaya actor- for best staging, that of “Ricardo III”. The two accompany Nuria Espert, who was named best actress.

All over, the critics’ praises have been unanimous. Both in Seville and the rest of Andalusia, as well as in the national scene, it has been received with great approval. Bernardo Romero, who rated it with 5 stars, wrote in “El Mundo”: “A work of art. Shakespeare in its pure state. An impeccable adaptation. An extraordinary link with the immortal play, all embellished with first quality ingredients”. Even in Italian, there were lavish praises.

Ricardo III is the first show that was produced since the company received the National Theatre Award last year. It also coincides with the anniversary of the company’s first 25 years and it is the first gamble of a new phase that began at the end of 2008 with the inauguration of the International Theatrical Research Centre, that allows the group optimum working conditions.

“Ricardo III” brings together the four styles that- within one same language- have been developing in the 18 previous shows: the dream-like aspects of Lorca’s surrealism, the grotesque of Valle-Inclán and Maikovski, the force of Greek tragedy and the avant-garde and political commitment of Heiner Müller. One could say that if the Greek classics have provided blood for our language, Valle and Lorca have given the lungs, Heiner Müller the nervous system, and Atalaya has found in Shakespeare the very heart that gives life and meaning to all its past and future existence.

The twenty characters are interpreted by nine actors belonging to three different generations of Atalaya, from Carmen Gallardo- co-founder of the group in the early eighties, who has re-joined the permanent team three decades later- going through the core of the stable team that were incorporated into the company in the nineties and that have taken part in the last nine shows, and the youngest actors who have joined in the current decade.

As well as the awards received, Jerónimo Arenal happens to have reached 1.000 performances with Atalaya this autumn, after 15 uninterrupted years of tours in 25 different countries around the world.

In just over a year and a half the show has gone through almost fifty cities of ten autonomous communities, with a full-house the majority of the time.

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