Acclaimed Chilean Playwright Makes West End Debut with ‘B’

Acclaimed Chilean playwright, Guillermo Calderón, is making his West End debut at the Royal Court Theatre with B. The show will run from 28th September to 21st October 2017.

Written on a residency with the International Department, B is part of International Playwrights: a Genesis Foundation Project. Directing the play is Royal Court Associate Director Sam Pritchard.

Casting is yet to be announced.

About Guillermo Calderón

Guillermo Calderon makes West End debut with B. Photo courtesy of AO International.
Guillermo Calderón makes West End debut with B. Photo courtesy of AO International.

Born in 1971, Guillermo grew up in a middle-class, leftist family. When Chile’s dictatorship murdered one of his uncles, he learned to live in a ‘context of forced silence’. Theatre would then become a form in which he could express himself.

Disillusioned by the Chilean government and curious about the theatre, Guillermo left the country. He then studied at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in California and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Now, the theatre regards Guillermo as Chile’s distinguished contemporary playwright/director. He is also becoming a more prominent name on theatre rosters in the USA. His plays KissEscuela (School), NevaQuakeVilla, and more have toured extensively throughout North & South America and Europe.

Guillermo has written and directed for numerous theatres including Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Theatre Basel, Royal Court Theatre, and the Public Theatre.

Meanwhile, for films, he co-wrote the screenplay of Violeta Went to Heaven, which won the World Cinema Prize for Drama at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. He also co-wrote The Club, which won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival 2015 and the Silver Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival. The film also received a nomination for the Golden Globes in the Foreign Film category. Additionally, Guillermo wrote the script for Neruda, which was presented at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (The Directors’ Fortnight) during Cannes Film Festival 2016.