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Francisco Nieva
Francisco Nieva
Was born in Valdepeñas, Ciudad Real, in 1924 into the heart of a bourgeois, liberal family. He studied with Juan Alcaide. He worked as an apprentice cinema set-designer with Enrique Alarcón. He is a painter, set designer, costume designer, playwright, essayist, novelist, theatre director, professor at the Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) in Madrid, professor at the Institut del Teatre (Theatre Institute) in Barcelona, member of the Real Academia de la Lengua (Royal Academy of Spanish Language) since 1986 and holder of an honorary doctorate from the University of Castilla La Mancha.
He has exhibited his sketches and paintings in Paris, Liege, Vienna, Brussels, Venice, Madrid and Almagro. In 1989 a collection of his sketches was published under the title El Rayo Colgado (The Hanging Ray).
He is the author of many plays for the stage, including: Malditas sean Coronada y sus hijas [Damn Coronada and her Daughters], (1949-68); El rayo colgado [The Hanging Ray], (1952); Tórtolas, crepúsculo y... telón [Doves, Sunset and… Curtains], (1953); El combate de Ópalos y Tasia [The Battle of Ópalos and Tasia], (1953); El fandango asombroso [The Astonishing Fandango], (1961); Nosferatu, (1961); Pelo de tormenta [Locks of Thunder], (1962); Es bueno no tener cabeza [It’s Good Not to Have a Head], (1966); El maravilloso catarro de lord Bashaville [Lord Bashaville’s Unbelievable Cold], (1967); El corazón acelerado [The Rapid Heart], (1968); La señora tártara [Lady Tartara], (1970); Funeral y pasacalle [Funeral and Passacaglia], (1971); La carroza de plomo candente [The Carriage of White Hot Lead], (1971); Coronada y el toro [Coronada and the Bull], (1974); El paño de injurias [Cloth-full of Slander], (1974); El baile de los ardientes [The Dance of the Ardent], (1974 and 1992); Los españoles bajo tierra [The Spanish Underground], (1975); Sombra y quimera de Larra [Shadow and Chimera of Larra], (1976); Delirio del amor hostil [Delirium of Hostile Love], (1977); La paz [Peace], a free version based on Aristophanes (1977); La Magosta [The Magosta], (1978); Tirante el blanco [Tirant Lo Blanc], a free version based on Joanot Martorell (1978); Salvator Rosa o El artista [Salvator Rosa or The Artist], (1983); Catalina del demonio [Catalina of the Devil], (1988); El manuscrito encontrado en Zaragoza [Manuscript Found in Saragossa], free version based on Jan Potocki (1988) and Los viajes forman a la juventud [Travel Shapes Youth], (1992).
He has adapted Cassandra by B. Pérez Galdós (1976), Los baños de Argel [The Baths of Algiers] by M. de Cervantes (1979) and Don Álvaro o la fuerza del sino [The Force of Destiny] by Duque de Rivas.
He has directed the following stage performances of Opera and Ballet: Cinderella, by S. Prokofiev; Capricho Español [Spanish Caprice], by E. Granados; La vida breve [A Brief Life], by M. de Falla; L’heure espagnole, by M. Ravel; Pepita Jiménez, by I. Albéniz; Tosca, by G. Puccini; Curro Vargas, by R. Chapí; I due Foscari, by G. Verdi; Don Giovanni, by W.A. Mozart and La señorita Cristina [Miss Cristina], by Luis de Pablo.
As a novelist he has published the following books: El viaje a Pantaélica [The Journey to Pantaélica] (1994), La llama vestida de negro [The Flame Dressed in Black] (1995), Granada de las mil noches [Granada of the Thousand Nights] (1995), Oceánida (1996) and Carne de murciélago [Bat Flesh] (1998).
His articles published in the press have been collected in the volume El reino de nadie [No Man’s Kingdom] (1996).
In 2002 he published Las cosas como fueron. Memorias [Things as They Were. Memoirs].
He has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the Polignac, 1963; the Spectators’ and the Critics’ award on six different occasions, the Mayte, 1976; the National Award for Theatre, 1979; the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, 1992; the Segismundo, 1999 and the Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts, 1996.

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Coronada y el toro
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Tregenda e notte rossa di Nosf
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