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“Uncomfortable, controversial, brilliant” – Press reviews of Life is a Dream

January 2023

Our new Spanish-language production of Life is a Dream has opened in Madrid, where it continues to play at the Teatro Comedia until the 26th February – and the reviews are in…

“Exceptional, highly original and surprising… we don’t remember having seen a more original, daring and transgressive staging of Life is a Dream.”

La Última Bambalina  

“Intense brilliance.”

20 Minutos

“A roller-coaster of surprises […] Uncomfortable, controversial, brilliant.”


“Surprises and excites.”

Memorias de un Tiquis Miquis 

“Donnellan exposes the prodigious work of actors. He demands of them a versatility and an intensity that oscillates from the physicality to introspection, from laughter to grief, from lightness to the weight of the chains.”

El Confidencial

“In Donnellan’s production, joy and delicacy contrast intensely with the depth of the tragedy.”

El País 

“Actually makes us reconsider the gravity and the transcendence of Calderón.”


You can see Life is a Dream in Albi in March, and at the Barbican in April, and we’re also delighted to announce Life is a Dream will be performing at the Almada International Theatre Festival in July – Cheek by Jowl’s first performances in Portugal since 2014.

The company of Life is a Dream (by Javier Naval)
Alfredo Noval (by Javier Naval)
Rebeca Matellán (by Javier Naval)
Irene Serrano, Manuel Moya (by Javier Naval)