King’s Head Theatre To Start Brand New Version Of Puccini’s ‘Tosca’

The Kings Head Theatre is thrilled to announce they will be staging a radical reimagining of the classic opera Tosca from 27 September – 28 October.

Paris. August, 1944. As the Second World War rages on, lovers Tosca and Cavaradossi give refuge to a political prisoner and find themselves ensnared in the machinations of the tyrannical head of the Paris Gestapo, Scarpia. As Charles De Gaulles liberation movement advances and US troops tighten their net around the Nazi occupiers, everything Tosca holds dear is about to be torn apart.

A searing thriller of power and passion, this modern retelling takes the timeless tale and reimagines it at the heart of the twentieth centurys defining conflict. With stirring melodies and a brand-new libretto in English by Becca Marriott and Adam Spreadbury-Maher, performed in the intimate surroundings of the Kings Head Theatre, this is Tosca as youve never seen it before.

The Kings Head Theatre have firmly established themselves as one of the foremost producers of accessible, small scale opera, and this new version of Tosca marks the third opera production at the venue this year following original retellings of Madam Butterfly and The Magic Flute. Several members of the creative team from 2016s critically acclaimed La bohème are returning to work on Tosca, including Adam Spreadbury-Maher as Director, Panaretos Kyriatzidis as Musical Director and Becky-Dee Trevenen as Designer.

Adam Spreadbury-Maher, Artistic Director of the Kings Head Theatre, says ‘Ive always wanted to play out Tosca against the epic, romantic and devastating backdrop of Paris in the Second World War. Its the ultimate ideological conflict, and a pertinent setting for Puccinis masterpiece. Its fantastic to be working with the team from La bohème on this brand-new production. Were going all out for our final opera of 2017 with this dazzling period piece, which I hope will be captivating, provocative and unexpected to seasoned opera veterans and newcomers alike.

You can check out their website for more details.

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Matthew has been writing for the past 5 years about music, sports and movies and has now finally got his chance to write about theatre. Having previously worked for the likes of Kerrang and Uncut, as well as previously having a radio show for 6 Towns, he has interviewed hundreds of bands throughout his career.

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