Lope de Rueda. Theatre. Biography and works at Spain is culture.


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Lope de Rueda

  • Lope de Rueda © J. Bedmar/Iberfoto

    Lope de Rueda © J. Bedmar/Iberfoto






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" Actor and playwright. He is considered to be the first professional actor in Spain and the Golden Age forebear of commercial theatre."

Born in Seville in 1510, he was a gold beater, a profession he left to dedicate himself to the theatre and set up his own company. As a theatre writer he produced comedies, pastoral dialogues, Eucharistic plays and interludes. His works, written in the Italian style, were a triumph in Spanish theatre of the adaptation of Italian theatre art at a time when the Italian influence in Castilian lyricism was completely consolidated. His greatest creation was the interludes, precursors of the short farces, which were performed in prose plays to entertain the audience. Their comedy comes from the comic situations and the characters which were told in lively colloquial language. He died in Cordoba in 1565.

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    Popular comic plays that consolidated the fame of the playwright Lope de Rueda and covered a broad range of subjects.

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