El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha
By Álvaro Custodio.
Edition by María Fernández Ferreiro.
Álvaro Custodio (1912-1992) was a renowned theater man in the Spanish Republican exile, and among his most outstanding activities is the founding of the Teatro Español de México in 1953. But it was not until 1987, when he returned to his native Spain, that he finished his dramatic adaptation of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, thanks to the sponsorship of the National Institute of the Performing Arts and Music of the Ministry of Culture.
El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha is an unpublished work and has never been staged. A typewritten copy of the text is kept in the Nicolau Primitiu Library of Valencia, in the “Rafael Lapesa” section.
In this volume, we publish, for the first time, this version, considerably faithful to the original text of Cervantes. Like the novel, the play is divided into two parts, entitled ” El Caballero de la Triste Figura y su escudero Sancho Panza” and “El Caballero de los Leones y su escudero Sancho Panza”. In the initial introductory study, after a brief sketch of the author and the presentation of the work, there is a commentary on the text and an analysis of the modifications made by Custodio to adapt the Cervantes novel to the theatrical form.