Spring/Summer Theatre 2019
Award-winning new writing from some of the most exciting playwrights on the scene today
PARTIES, COCKTAILS, HEARTACHE AND DESPAIR. WELCOME TO THE 1920S…
Following the success of La bohème and Don Giovanni, Olivier Award-winning company OperaUpClose and director/translator Robin Norton-Hale return to Soho Theatre with their new English version of La traviata.
The story of Violetta, a so-called ‘fallen woman’ who sacrifices her own happiness for the sake of her lover’s family and future, this production is set in the 1920s underworld of speakeasies and bootlegging and reveals the hypocrisy and heartache behind the glittering façade of parties.
With Verdi’s much-loved melodies orchestrated for a trio of clarinet, cello and piano by composer Harry Blake, this La traviata will serenade you, seduce you, and break your heart.
‘Compelling… striking music theatre of considerable integrity and force.'
‘As much emotional truth as in any production I have seen.’
‘Expertly done and finely performed… hits all the right notes in this excellent revival.’
‘The whole thing looks terrific… Norton-Hale’s cunning English libretto allows the story to unfold convincingly with just five soloists.
‘Leaves the audience as emotionally shaken as would the grandest of spectacles’
‘Louisa Tee was terrific as Violetta; glamorous, touching and with a voice to match.’