Theater

EL ABUELO QUE SALTÓ POR LA VENTANA Y SE LARGÓ

By Teatropan

Chile

  • Spanish
  • 140 minutes, with a 5 minute intermission
  • None

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An acclaimed theatrical adaptation of the novel of the same name by Swedish writer Jonas Jonasson, which paints a picture of twentieth century political history, including a cutting critique of power.


El abuelo que saltó por la ventana y se largó tells of the ridiculous adventures of a 100-year-old man who, in the midst of preparations for his birthday party, escapes from his retirement home. Literally walking out on the authorities and the local press, he sets out to enjoy his freedom, convinced that he’s still got a lot to live for. Rebellious and mischievous, he is embroiled in a series of events that lead to him being chased by both the mafia and the police. In the process, he comes to form a real bond with those he meets on the way, who are also free from material concerns and ties. At the same time, the play recounts different episodes from his life, which show that he’s played ‘quite’ a major role in some of the main events to have changed the twentieth century’s social and political destinies and have divided the world. Stalin, Franco, Mao Tse Tung, Truman Openheimer, Kim Il Sung and Jiang Qing are some of the characters with whom the old man has shared a drink … and more. This adaptation of El abuelo … is an original version by Chilean company Teatropan and was not only approved but also praised by the novel’s author, Swedish writer Jonas Jonasson.

“Quick, entertaining, full of ingenious solutions and good visual moves”.

—El Mercurio

—This adaptation of El abuelo… is an original version by Chilean company Teatropan and was not only approved but also praised by the novel’s author, Swedish writer Jonas Jonasson.

Since its publication in 2009, this book has been a worldwide best seller, with more than a million copies sold. It has been adapted for film and theater.

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