Lope de Vega was loved with such ferocity by the Spanish nation that when he died in 1635 his state funeral lasted 9 days. In his lifetime he was a sailor, an inquisitor, a bigamist, a priest and a murderer – and he still found time to write something like 800 plays. Peribanez is his greatest work.

A gorgeous young peasant couple, Pedro and Casilda, are so in love it hurts. But their Eden is blighted by the dark lust of the Commander of Ocana, and the play turns into a life and death chase against time, power, and desire. A work glowing with the light of Goya, and the sexy and colourful hues of an Almodovar film – Lope de Vega was the beating heart of the great Spanish Golden Age.

Neil’s history of work with rich and earthy classics include The Alchemist, As You Like It and The Marriage of Figaro. On Peribanez Neil was reunited with designer Dale Ferguson, composer Alan John and choreographer Kate Champion. Together with a brilliant cast of thirteen great physical actors, this quality mob brought the 17th century jumping into full-blooded life on stage.


Paula Arundell
Marton Csokas
Nathaniel Dean
Alan Flower
Sacha Horler
Bogdan Koca
Joe Manning
Toby Moore
Socratis Otto
Nathan Page
Hazem Shammas
Leeanna Walsman


By Lope de Vega
Translated by Tanya Ronder
Directed by Neil Armfield
Choreographer Kate Champion
Designer Dale Ferguson
Music Alan John
Sound Designer David Gilfillan
Assistant Director Patrick Brammall


A gloriously theatrical production… sexy and passionate… playful, serious and stirring.

The Australian

Neil Armfield’s superheated production is impossible to fault, and literally bursts from the stage… the Golden Age here is Armfield’s: once again he’s delivered an outstanding production.

The Sun-Herald