The King’s Head Theatre is thrilled to announce they will be staging a radical reimagining of the classic opera Tosca from 27 September – 28 October.
Paris. August, 1944. As the Second World War rages on, lovers Tosca and Cavaradossi give refuge to a political prisoner and find themselves ensnared in the machinations of the tyrannical head of the Paris Gestapo, Scarpia. As Charles De Gaulle’s liberation movement advances and US troops tighten their net around the Nazi occupiers, everything Tosca holds dear is about to be torn apart.
A searing thriller of power and passion, this modern retelling takes the timeless tale and reimagines it at the heart of the twentieth century’s defining conflict. With stirring melodies and a brand-new libretto in English by Becca Marriott and Adam Spreadbury-Maher, performed in the intimate surroundings of the King’s Head Theatre, this is Tosca as you’ve never seen it before.
The King’s Head Theatre have firmly established themselves as one of the foremost producers of accessible, small scale opera, and this new version of Tosca marks the third opera production at the venue this year following original retellings of Madam Butterfly and The Magic Flute. Several members of the creative team from 2016’s critically acclaimed La bohème are returning to work on Tosca, including Adam Spreadbury-Maher as Director, Panaretos Kyriatzidis as Musical Director and Becky-Dee Trevenen as Designer.
Adam Spreadbury-Maher, Artistic Director of the King’s Head Theatre, says “'I’ve always wanted to play out Tosca against the epic, romantic and devastating backdrop of Paris in the Second World War. It’s the ultimate ideological conflict, and a pertinent setting for Puccini’s masterpiece. It’s fantastic to be working with the team from La bohème on this brand-new production. We’re going all out for our final opera of 2017 with this dazzling period piece, which I hope will be captivating, provocative and unexpected to seasoned opera veterans and newcomers alike.”
Praise for La bohème at the King’s Head Theatre:
★★★★ - 'powerful and compelling’ - The Times
★★★★ - ‘tackles La bohème in typically quixotic King’s Head style’ - Michael Church (of The Independent)
★★★★ - ‘dramatically taut, musically satisfying'
★★★★ - 'A knowing, witty and clever reinterpretation’ - Islington Gazette
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