By arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd, York Light Opera Company return to the stage of York Theatre Royal from 9th – 19th February to present Evita!
The acclaimed musical from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber is based on true events, telling the rags-to-riches story of Eva Peron as she rises to become the First Lady of Argentina.
The show features some of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most iconic songs including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Oh! What a Circus and Another Suitcase in Another Hall. It’s really no wonder the show won seven Tony Awards, including best musical and best original score. I’ve seen the show before and really have found it to be completely spectacular, and I’m sure York Light Opera Company will do a fantastic job.
Director Martyn Knight and musical director Mike Thompson will drive the production. Alexa Chaplin and Emma-Louise Dickinson share the role of Eva Peron; Dale Vaughan and Jonny Holbek play Che; Juan Peron is played by John Hall and Neil Wood; Dave Copley-Martin and Richard Weatherill are Agustin Maglidi; and Fiona Phillips and Hannah Witcomb play Peron’s Mistress.
A York Light spokesperson explains why the production has double casting in the main roles: “It’s a fully sung show and double casting provides each team with sufficient rest – the main character parts are huge and it would be a colossal ‘ask’ of any understudy to learn and have to perform those roles without significant rehearsal. Double casting provides the best possible cover, which is needed more than ever when putting on the production during a pandemic.”
It’s definitely an interesting choice and I’m looking forward to seeing how that works later in February. If you’re coming along to see the show, let me know what you think! Book your tickets for 9th – 19th February now.