Carmen

OPERAUPCLOSE IN ASSOCIATION WITH SOHO THEATRE AND BELGRADE THEATRE COVENTRY PRESENT

Carmen

  • Wed 5 Aug - Sat 19 Sep, 7pm. Thu & Sat mat 2pm
  • £15 - £45

‘This Carmen makes a powerfully direct impact no opera house can match’
★★★★ Stage

OBSESSION. CONTROL. FREEDOM.
LOVE CAN BE BRUTAL.

5 reasons to see Carmen

#CARMENSOHO

Following the success of La Traviata, Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose return to Soho Theatre with their new English version of Bizet’s wildly popular opera.

Carmen captivates and provokes, disturbing the composure of everyone she encounters. Sparks fly when she meets José, but as her passion cools, his turns to obsession. Unable to control his feelings or the woman who inspired them, he descends into violence. But Carmen will not give up her freedom for anyone.

This tantalizing new production takes place in a torrid South American landscape of dust and concrete, where small-town boredom and machismo can turn nasty.

Bizet’s powerful melodies are orchestrated for a quartet of strings, woodwind and percussion by composer Harry Blake (OperaUpClose’s La Traviata and Don Giovanni).

The opera is directed, in her own new version, by Robin Norton-Hale (La Boheme, Don Giovanni and La Traviata at Soho Theatre).

TICKETS
£10 U26 Tickets (Limited availability. Only valid for performances until Sat 29 Aug)
Until Sat 5 Sep:
£25 (£22.50) Mon – Wed Evenings and Thu and Sat Matinees
£29.50 (£27) Thu – Sat Evenings
From Mon 7 Sep:
£26 (£23.50) Mon – Wed Evenings and Thu and Sat Matinees
£29.50 (£27) Thu – Sat Evenings

£45 Be A Champion Ticket: includes a glass of prosecco, complimentary programme (one per pair), pre-show use of the Terrace Space, one of the best seats in the house AND contributes towards our £10 under 26 offer.
Choose the ‘unreserved seating’ section, select the ‘Champion’ ticket type and we’ll take care of the rest. Not available on 5 & 6 Aug.

POST SHOW OFF STAGE TOURS
29 August 16:45
12 September 16.45
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QUO VADIS PRE AND POST SHOW DINING
You can now book a meal with your CARMEN tickets at Quo Vadis
Just a stone’s throw away, the renowned restaurant serves modern British, seasonal and well-sourced food with a daily changing menu. Choose between a pre or post show meal of 2 courses for £18.50 or 3 courses for £21.50. Includes glass of wine and service, excluding water and coffee.

Simply select the appropriate option when booking online – reservations are available at 5.30pm or 9.30pm for evening performances, and 12.30pm or 5.30pm for matinees.

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE
Thu 27 Aug, 7pm. For people who are Deaf, deafened or hard-of-hearing. Book tickets by calling the box office on 020 7478 0100.

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE
Sat 29 Aug, 2pm. Touch Tour at 12.30pm. For people who are Blind or visually impaired. Book tickets by calling the box office on 020 7478 0100.

Running Time: 2hrs 15mins including interval *Age Recommendation: 14+. The production contains scenes of violence that some people may find upsetting. *

Praise for Carmen

‘Carmen is a gripping, thrilling and thought-provoking achievement. It’s well worth getting up close with’
★★★★ Whatsonstage

‘This Carmen makes a powerfully direct impact no opera house can match’
★★★★ Stage

‘Hit home…Flora McIntosh, delivered the kind of perceptive portrait rarely possible in traditional opera houses’
★★★★ Evening Standard

‘This out-and-out delivers on in-your-face verismo’
★★★★ Time Out

‘Truely disturbing climax is genuinely thought-provoking’
★★★★ Independent

★★★★ Sunday Express

★★★★ Observer

Praise for La Traviata:

‘Compelling… striking music theatre of considerable integrity and force.’
★★★★ Guardian

‘As much emotional truth as in any production I have seen.’
★★★★ Evening Standard

‘Expertly done and finely performed… hits all the right notes in this excellent revival.’
★★★★ Stage

‘The whole thing looks terrific… Norton-Hale’s cunning English libretto allows the story to unfold convincingly with just five soloists.’
★★★★ What’s On Stage

‘Leaves the audience as emotionally shaken as would the grandest of spectacles.’
★★★★ Fringe Opera

Creative team

Director / Librettist
Robin Norton-Hale
Orchestrator
Harry Blake
Assistant Director
Ashley Pearson
Set and Costume Designer
Christopher Hone
Lighting Designer
Josh Pharo
Costume Supervisor
Alex Papachristou

Cast

Piano
Berrak Dyer, Juliane Gallant
Carmen
Flora McIntosh, Lily Papaioannou
Jose
Anthony Flaum , Mike Bracegirdle
Micaëla
Louisa Tee, Roisin Walsh
Escamillo
Richard Immergluck , Marc Callahan, James Harrison
Dancaïre
Tom Stoddart, Tom Colwell
Remendado
Lawrence Olsworth-Peter, Philip Lee, Edmund Hastings
Frasquita
Emily-Jane Thomas , Hannah Sawle
Mercédès
Melanie Sanders, Camilla Bull
Zuniga
Marcin Gesla , Julian Debreuil
Flute
Alyson Frazier, Emily Callaghan
Cello
Theo Balkwill , Alison Holford
Violin
Nicole Crespo O'Donoghue, Rosemary Hinton