Casting has been announced for Carmen at The Union Theatre. Carmen (A Gypsy Spy) will be played by Rachel Lea-Gray, with Maximilian Marston as Captain Velarde. Alexander Barria will play Francisco Goya (A Painter) and Amalia (A Street Girl and Carmen’s Friend) will be played by Ellie Ann Lowe.
They will be joined by Blair Gibson, Charlotte Haines, Thomas Mitchells, Jodie Beth Meyer, Chris Britton, Bronia Pearce, Jasmine Bradford, Harry Powell, Samantha Richards, Kerry Way and Pantelakis Christou.
Bizet’s unforgettable tunes, re-conceived as musical theatre, stirringly bring to life the story of a dangerous, seductive Spanish heroine recklessly playing with her fate and that of her lovers at a time of civil unrest and political uncertainty.
An easily accessible, invigoratingly fresh look at perhaps the most familiar, beloved and popular operas ever written.
Young Corporal José has a girl he plans to marry back at home and a strong sense of duty. When he breaks up a fight between the cigarette factory girls on the streets of a Seville bristling with rival factions, he meets the wild and reckless gypsy, Carmen. The passion that flares between them is intense, intoxicating and deadly.
The second production in the Union Theatre’s Essential Classics 2018 season comprising of Shaw’s Heartbreak House, Bizet’s Carmen and Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Three topical productions from the Phil Willmott Company in which great playwrights and composers of the past have reflect on issues similar to those we face today.
Carmen is at The Union Theatre February 7th – March 10th 2018.