The King’s Head has established itself as one of the foremost producers of accessible, small-scale opera. Its La Bohème was nominated for the Olivier Award for best new opera production and in 2017 Tosca won the Off West Award for best opera production.
Rising star Helena Jackson, who has co-written this new English version with Becca Marriott, directs the show. She has recently graduated from the King’s Head Theatre’s award-winning trainee resident director’s scheme, and several members of the creative team behind La Bohème and Tosca are returning for this production.
Artistic director of the King’s Head Theatre, Adam Spreadbury-Maher, says: 'Verdi’s powerful tragedy may have been written over 100 years ago but its searing examination of privilege and exploitation is directly relevant to 21st-century struggles.'
Becca Marriott, who also co-wrote librettos for and starred in La Bohème and Tosca, says: '165 years ago Verdi wrote an opera about a woman who was trapped and stigmatised because of her sexual allure. In 2018 very little has changed. Hypocrisy still imprisons us, and escaping your social class is as hard as ever.
'Verdi challenged the status quo in society in every opera he ever wrote. Our new adaptation questions the powerlessness of 21st-century politics when politicians fail to police themselves.'
La Traviata is double-cast. Singers include Emma Walsh, Gráinne Gillis, Victor Sgarbi, and Alex Haigh in Cast One, and Becca Marriott, Gemma Morsley, Oliver Brignall and Michael Georgiou in Cast Two.
'La Traviata' is sung in English.Dinner and opera packages are from £40.
|What||La Traviata, King's Head Theatre|
|Where||The Kings Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, London, N1 1QN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
27 Sep 18 – 27 Oct 18, Mon to Sat; also at 3:30PM on all Sats except 29 Sept
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|