To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Anthony Trollope the Madrid Players, an amateur theatre group based in Madrid, put on a performance of three short plays based on works by Anthony Trollope over three nights in the Centro Gallego in the heart of Madrid from April 23rd to 25th 2015.
Madame Brudo’s Lovers is an adaptation of a theme from Trollope’s play The Noble Jilt. It focuses on the rivalry for the hand of Madame Brudo between the aged and portly Burgomaster Van Hoppen and the dashing young Captain Belleroache.
A chapter from The Duke’s Children shows how well Trollope understood the plight of women in Victorian England and finally a chapter from Orley Farm showcases Trollope’s ability to bring to life an array of characters in a comic scene that takes place in The Bull Inn in Leeds.
Here is a link to videos of the three pieces performed in the show.
With thanks to John McCourt who drew this to my attention following a meeting with Madrid-based Irishman Michael Connolly at the Yeats summer school in Sligo. Serendipity.