A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

Inspired by the work by GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ

For children aged 8+ and adults of all ages

Gabriel García Márquez’s darkly comic tale, brought to the stage for children and adults to share. In a kitchen, in a theatre, two storytellers and their audience find something remarkable — a very old man with enormous wings.

The wise neighbour woman tells us he’s an angel. The priest says he’s an imposter. Pilgrims flock to see him, hoping to be healed by him, hoping for a gawp. They leave with something different than what they expected.

Adapted from Gabriel García Márquez’s Un señor muy viejo con unas alas enormes, Riverbank Arts Centre and Dan Colley bring this classic piece of magical realism to the stage in search of its beautiful, strange, emotional richness.

Winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982, the Colombian novelist and journalist Gabriel García Márquez is known for his critically acclaimed works of magic realism. He is best known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985).

Don’t just take our word for it…

★★★★★ The Arts Review “fifty minutes of near theatrical perfection”

★★★★ The Irish Times “a model of ingenuity”

★★★★ Sunday Business Post “There is as much for adults to enjoy…. as there is for children

★★★★★ The Mail on Sunday “a beautiful if enigmatic ending… The two performers perform as a perfect team and the whole thing is an absolute delight.”


Cast: Manus Halligan and Karen McCartney
Inspired by the works of Gabriel García Márquez
Adapted for the stage by: Dan Colley, Manus Halligan and Genevieve Hulme- Beaman
Directed by: Dan Colley
Set and Props Design by: Andrew Clancy
Lighting Design by: Sarah Jane Shiels
Composition and Sound Design by: Alma Kelliher
Chief LX and Deputy PM: Suzie Cummins
Production Photography: Ste Murray
Stage Manager: Evie McGuinness
Production Manager: Eoin Kilkenny
Producer for tour: Matthew Smyth
Producer for Riverbank: Caroline Williams

Dates, Venues & Tickets

Theater aan het Spui
Spui 187, 2511 BN Den Haag

Saturday 28 January 19.00
Sunday 29 January 15.00 (with sign language interpreter)

Running time

45 Minutes


Adults: €15
Children: €10

Suitable for ages 8+, recommended for ages 8-99!


Theater aan het Spui has an adapted chair for wheelchair users, which can be removed if you’d prefer to sit in your own wheelchair, as well as space for a friend if you contact them in advance. They have an adapted toilet that can accommodate wheelchair users. There is a parking garage near Theater aan het Spui with a number of adapted parking spaces. For more information see here.

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