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Famous Playwrights from Spain

Updated June 14, 2019 8.9k views33 items

List of notable or famous playwrights from Spain, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in Spain and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to Spain. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Spanish playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from Spain is included when available.

List is made up of many different people, including Federico García Lorca and Miguel de Cervantes.

This historic playwrights from Spain list can help answer the questions "Who are some Spanish playwrights of note?" and "Who are the most famous playwrights from Spain?" These prominent playwrights of Spain may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Spanish playwrights.

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  • Fernando Arrabal Terán (born August 11, 1932) is a Spanish playwright, screenwriter, film director, novelist, and poet. He was born in Melilla and settled in France in 1955. Regarding his nationality, Arrabal describes himself as "desterrado", or "half-expatriate, half-exiled". Arrabal has directed seven full-length feature films and has published over 100 plays; 14 novels; 800 poetry collections, chapbooks, and artists' books; several essays; and his notorious "Letter to General Franco" during the dictator's lifetime. His complete plays have been published, in multiple languages, in a two-volume edition totaling over two thousand pages. The New York Times' theatre critic Mel Gussow has... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 88
    • Birthplace: Spain, Melilla
  • Fernando Cagigal de la Vega y Martínez Niño de San Miguel y Pacheco, 4th Marquess of Casa Cagigal (1756–1824) was a Spanish soldier, poet, and playwright.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 68 (1756-1824)
  • Francisco López Acebal (5 April 1866, in Gijón – 5 September 1933) was a Spanish novelist, playwright and journalist.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1866-1933)
  • Gabriel Bocángel y Unzueta (1603–1658) was a playwright and poet of the Spanish Golden Age. Born in Madrid, he studied at Alcalá de Henares and then served as librarian to Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand. He also served as bookkeeper and chronicler to the king. He participated in various literary contests and competitions. Philip IV of Spain granted him a life pension.He was the first playwright to introduce music into theatrical performances, thus creating a distant precursor to the zarzuela.His poems can be divided into two main groups: Liras Humanas and Liras Sagradas.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 55 (1603-1658)