THE Rona Munro adaptation of Louis de Berniere’s best seller Captain Corelli’s Mandolin comes to Bath Theatre Royal from 14th to 18th May.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the publication of the novel, this new is on its first UK tour. Set on the Greek island of Cephalonia, it’s an unforgettable love story evolving against the turbulent backdrop of World War II.
Dr Iannis loves the island and his beautiful and strong-willed daughter Pelagia. Carlo, an Italian soldier, learned what it meant to love while fighting in Albania. Pelagia loves her father and the fisherman Mandras. The young Italian composer Captain Corelli loves only his music.
And then, in 1941, the idyllic Greek island awakes to find itself under Italian and German occupation. As the story unfolds, everything they thought they knew and understood changes. In an extraordinary tale of human frailty, enemies are forced together and must learn to co-exist, discovering that all kinds of love can blossom in unimaginable circumstances.
The new production is directed by Melly Still and has been adapted for the stage by Rona Munro, best known for The James Plays and Rebus: Long Shadows( recently seen in Bath). Music has been composed by Harry Blake.
An ensemble cast of fifteen brings Captain Corelli’s Mandolin to life. The title role is played by Alex Mugnaioni with Madison Clare as Pelagia.
Joseph Long plays Dr Iannis, with Stewart Scudamore as Velisarios. in a cast that includes Fred Fergus, Ryan Donaldson, Ashley Gayle, Eve Polycarpou, Kezrena James, Kate Spencer, Elizabeth Mary Williams, Eliot Giuralarocca, Luisa Guerreiro, Graeme Dalling and John Sandeman.
Performances at Bath are from Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm.
For more information, telephone 01225 448844 or visit the website, www.theatreroyal.org.uk