OperaUpClose in association with Soho Theatre

Tosca

  • Wed 14 Aug - Sun 15 Sept, 7.30pm (Sat matinees 3pm, Sun matinees 5pm)
  • Sun - Thu £25 (£22.50), Fri & Sat £29.50 (£25)

Love, lust and the corrupting influence of power

Tosca

★★★★ Evening Standard

East Germany, 1989. In the shadow of the Berlin wall, Tosca, a fiery yet vulnerable singer, is the toast of the ruling communist elite. When her lover helps a political prisoner escape, Tosca’s world is torn apart, leaving her at the mercy of Scarpia, chief of the Stasi secret police.

Puccini’s masterpiece is a taut thriller set in the dying days of communism, as the government turns to terrifying levels of surveillance and intimidation in a desperate bid to cling to power.

Acclaimed for its radical interpretations, OperaUpClose brings its trademark intimacy and immediacy to Tosca’s story of love, loyalty and corruption accompanied by a boutique trio of piano, cello and clarinet.

Soho Theatre and OperaUpClose revive their celebrated partnership, re-uniting the team behind the Olivier Award winning production La Bohème and Don Giovanni.

TICKETS
£25 (£22.50) Sun-Thu and matinees
£29.50 (£25) Fri & Sat

10 tickets priced at £15 for every performance for Under 26s

For ages 12+
Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes including 2 intervals

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE
For people who are Deaf, deafened or hard-of-hearing.

Sat 31 Aug, 3pm
Tickets £15

Book tickets online by selecting ‘Captioned Ticket’ when prompted.

Find out more about our Captioned performances.

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE
For people who are Blind or visually impaired
Sun 8 Sept, 5pm
Tickets £15

Book tickets online by selecting ‘Audio Described Ticket’ when prompted.

Find out more about our Audio-Described performances.

QUO VADIS PRE SHOW DINING
Planning your evening at Soho Theatre and not sure where to eat before seeing Tosca? The excellent Quo Vadis restaurant, next door to us on Dean Street has a delicious, pre show menu at 6pm, £17.50 for 2 courses or £20 for 3 courses for performances starting at 7.30pm. Take a look at the sample menu to the right, book Quo Vadis Meal Deal tickets online or call us on 020 7478 0100.

‘OperaUpClose has the knack of cutting operas down to size without mislaying their passion… Its a difficult balancing act, but this Tosca pulls it off.’ ★★★★ Evening Standard

‘Faultless vocals with thoroughly absorbing and ultimately devastating performances.’ A Younger Theatre

‘An ideal introduction for newcomers to opera.’ Telegraph

‘Another jewel in the crown of OperaUpClose.’ ★★★★ Ham & High

‘A combination of excellent acting, determined sensuality and some extremely talented singing in what is a boldly reset production.’ ★★★★ The Lady

‘A small but effective band of piano , cello and clarinet brings just a touch of Weill cabaret to proceedings, appropriate given the context.’ Critics Choice – Times

‘An enjoyable and, at times gripping production…visceral stuff!’ Time Out

Creative team

Director & librettist
Adam Spreadbury-Maher
Orchestror
Danyal Dhondy
Musical Director
Elspeth Wilkes
Revival Set Design
Christopher Hone
Costume Design
Jonathan Lipman
Revival Lighting Design
Seth Rook Williams
Original Set Design
Nina Fransson
Original Lighting Design
Richard Williamson
Associate Director
Mary Franklin

Cast

Tosca
Becca Marriott, Demelza Stafford
Cavaradossi
Edward Hughes, Gareth Dafydd Morris
Scarpia
James Harrison, Francis Church
Caretaker
Steven East
Angelotti/Spoletta
Tom Stoddart

Company

Piano
Elspeth Wilkes.
Cello
Alison Holford, William Rudge
Clarinet
Sarah Douglas, Fiona Mitchell