Bohemian love at the seaside

OPERA Holloway brings what is probably the world’s best-loved opera, La Boheme, in a lively new version, to Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange on Saturday 14th September, and with Artsreach to Stalbridge on Sunday 15th September, in a lively new version.

Puccini’s tragic story of doomed love among the impoverished young bohemians of late 19th century Paris is moved to a seaside town on the south coast of England, where four young men are living the youthful dream, yearning for love and not working too hard.

Their flat is run down, they’re content to live on take-aways, they complain when they run out of money and have perfected the art of dodging the landlord. Their lives are filled with trips to the pub, late night dancing and girls … until Mimi knocks on the door.

Rodolfo opens the door, eyes and hands meet and a passionate affair begins. The story follows the cash-strapped lovers as their relationship unfolds, from its joyous beginnings to the bitter end on a chilly promenade. This contemporary version of Puccini’s great opera captures the raw, consuming power of young love.

The cast includes Callie Gaston as Mimi, Alex Haigh as Rodofo and Lorena Paz as Musetta, with  Samuel Oram as Marcello, Louis Hurst as  Shaunard  and Matthew Thistleton as Colline  in this Fiona Williams production in which Lewis Gaston is musical director.

Both performances begin at 7pm. The ticket price at Stalbridge includes a glass of prosecco; for bookings ring 01963 362355 or visit www.artsreach.co.uk For Dorchester Corn Exchange visit www.dorchesterarts.org.uk