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A FLAMENCO performance based on the life of a famous Spanish poet is coming to Portsmouth.

International dance company Cancion Gitana – meaning Gypsy Song – are set to bring their original work Lament for Lorca to the city.

On Wednesday, June 27 the group will perform inside the Menuhin Theatre in the Central Library, Guildhall Square, from 7.15pm to 9.30pm as part of the city’s festivities.

Artistic director of the compamy Graham Benge said: ‘In the opening days of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, Federico Garcia Lorca, the country’s greatest modern poet and playwright, was brutally assassinated by a fascist gang.

‘It was one of the earliest acts of brutality in a vicious war that was to tear Spain asunder for three years.

‘Acclaimed as one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century Lorca distilled into his works the very essence of Spain and his native Andalucia, the searing heat and riotous colours, the joys and passions, the comedies and tragedies.’

The performance, described as a music biography, will feature an international company of Flamenco dancers, along with guitarists, singers and a narrator.

Tickets to all shows will cost £16, concessions will be £12.50, and group or school rates can be provided over the phone.

To book call (023) 9282 4355 or visit portsmouthfestivities.co.uk