Tuesday, July 21, 1998 Published at 18:16 GMT 19:16 UK
Raising the curtain on Cuba
Another Tempest: Finding a route through censorship
Theatre is providing Cuban actors with a medium to comment on the country's Communist regime.
The latest work to make critical comment on modern Cuba is based on William Shakespeare's The Tempest.
And in the cast as Shylock is Pablo Guevara - nephew of the revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara.
The play, Another Tempest, tells the tale of an idealistic magician who sets sail to found a new world after being deposed in his own country.
Undeterred, Prospero sets about creating his own Utopia.
He initiates social experiments and tells the audience: "They thought me a crazy old man incapable of governing."
But the experiments go wrong and as the play progresses Prospero begins abusing his power.
The end result is a uniquely modern Cuban adaptation of the Shakespeare original.
Cubans face economic hardship, hostility from their US neighbours and government restrictions.
Pablo Guevara says: "We do not offer solutions but our experiences of daily life are inevitably reflected in our plays."
The BBC Correspondent in Havana says the play would never have got past the censor had it been produced for screen or radio.
Theatre is generally not well attended in Cuba. But Another Tempest has received standing ovations in Havana as it uses double meaning to explore Cuba's current predicament.
Nevertheless, the play, which has enjoyed critical acclaim in London, Paris, Hong Kong and Australia, has received no reviews in the Cuban press.