A New Musical Theatre Adaptation of Carmen, based on the Opera Score by George Bizet, Libretto by Ludovic Halévy & Henri Meilhac and the Original Novel by Prosper Mérimée will play at The Union Theatre February 7th – March 10th, adapted & Directed by Phil Willmott.
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.
Carmen (A Gypsy Spy) – Rachel Lea-Gray
Captain Velarde – Maximilian Marston
Francisco Goya (A Painter) – Alexander Barria
Amalia (A Street Girl and Carmen’s Friend) – Ellie Ann Lowe
Javier Rizal (Leader of the Resistance) – Blair Gibson
Josephina (A young Noblewoman) – Charlotte Haines
Corporal Luis – Thomas Mitchells
Manuela (A Cigarette Girl and Carmen’s friend) – Jodie Beth Meyer
Mateo – Chris Britton
Maria – Bronia Pearce
Isabella – Jasmine Bradford
Carlos- Harry Powell
Sofia – Samantha Richards
Constanza – Kerry Way
Salvador – Pantelakis Christou
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.