OperaUpClose brings its hugely acclaimed Olivier Award-winning English version of Puccini’s La bohème to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre next month. This will be the first time in the theatre’s 64-year history that a full opera has been staged in the Round.
One of the most accessible and moving operas ever written, at the heart of La bohème is the romance between aspiring novelist Rodolfo and immigrant cleaner Mimi, as his friends flirt, fight and struggle to make ends meet around him.
La bohème was OperaUpClose’s first production and opened in 2009. It sold out for six months in London and has gone on to win an Olivier Award (Best New Opera Production, 2011), three West End transfers, UK tours and a week at the highly respected Ravenna Festival in Italy. WhatsOnStage.com described the production as a ‘defining moment’ in UK opera.
The comic elemnts of this hugely popular production heighten its tragic ending, with audiences saying this 21st-century bohème affected them like no other thanks to its stark relevance to modern-day issues. Robin Norton-Hale has created a truly thought-provoking libretto and directs the piece with vigour and pace. La bohème is brought to audiences by a hugely talented creative team along with a young, vibrant and outstanding cast of performers.
OperaUpClose exists to produce high quality productions, opening up what opera can be by producing opera for everyone, with compelling storytelling and high production values and by being innovative, professional and ambitious. They are an associate company of Soho Theatre and tour their operas nationally and internationally to great acclaim.
La bohème can be seen in the Round at the SJT at 7.30pm on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 March. Tickets are priced from £10, and can be booked at the box office on 01723 370541 or via the website: www.sjt.uk.com