On holiday from the American South during the summer of 1953, Margaret Johnson (Fleming) and her daughter Clara (Cameron) are exploring the city of Florence when a gust of wind carries Clara’s hat from her head and into the hands of a young local, Fabrizio Naccarelli. When he looks up at its owner and she back at him, the two fall in love at first sight.
The catch – when isn’t there one? – is Clara’s. Having suffered a severe head injury as a girl, Clara struggles with erratic pangs of mental and emotional instability, requiring the constant care of her loving mother. Wonderful as her romance may be, then, it threatens to destabilise her necessarily-sheltered existence.
For a tale of stymied, star-crossed young love, The Light in the Piazza couldn’t be further from the world of Grease. Think West Side Story: a rich and innovative orchestral score, meaningful commentary on cultural dissonances and a genuine interest in the difficult profundities of love.
Directed by multiple Olivier Award-winner Daniel Evans, it runs for just 20 performances – a sentimental-yet-sophisticated Italianate treat to usher in the English summer.
Tickets are available now.
|What||The Light in the Piazza, Royal Festival Hall|
|Where||Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Embankment (underground)|
14 Jun 19 – 05 Jul 19, TIMES VARY
|Price||£35 – £150|
|Website||Click here for booking and more information|