Castro, Francisco de
- Craig H. Russell
(cfl 1700–10). Spanish playwright. He was the most important Spanish dramatist of the early 18th century to work in the musical theatre, and may have collaborated on several productions with the composer Santiago de Murcia. It is uncertain whether he was the actor Francisco de Castro who was a member of Isabel Gertrudis’s theatre troupe in Mexico City in 1673. Many of Castro’s works were published in the collection Alegría cómica (Zaragoza, 1702) and in the Libro nuevo de entremeses intitulado ‘Cómico festejo’ (Madrid, 1742).E.Cotarelo y Mori: Colección de entremeses, loas, bailes, jácaras y mojigangas (Madrid, 1911)C.H. Russell: Santiago de Murcia: Spanish Theorist and Guitarist of the Early Eighteenth Century (diss., U. of North Carolina, 1980), 1, 208–10M. Esses: Dance and Instrumental ‘Diferencias’ in Spain During the 17th and Early 18th Centuries, i: History and Background, Music and Dance (Stuyvesant, NY, 1992)...