A door at the back of a quirky Islington tavern opens and the audience diffuse into London’s little opera house.  The story discloses against a modest set, in relaxed clothing and in an intimately proportioned room, so much so, the performers’ aftershave imposes itself upon the audience during stage entrances and exits.

…brilliantly enticing and refreshingly accessible…

The lyrical exchanges between the lead couple, Rodolfo (Anthony Flaum) and Mimi (Susan Jiwey), are utterly engaging, as is the humour in Robin Norton-Hale’s very intelligent version of La Bohème.

The highly convincing acting and powerful singing is sound-tracked by Musical Director, Andrew Charity, on the piano. The notes of Puccini’s score sound effortlessly from his hands –  a profound knowledge of the music obvious.

…a surprise relocation…

The opera makes a surprise relocation to the bar for Act II. Intrigue ignites within the audience both from the inclusion of the chorus, who have placed themselves across the bar during what was attributed an ‘interval’, and Louise Lloyd’s fiery introduction to Musetta.

The King’s Head production of La Bohème manages to lead its audience through humour, love, loss and friendship in two hours and is both brilliantly enticing and refreshingly accessible for its genre.

La Bohème runs until 18th June.

Tickets start at £15.50 (Conc.)

5 Stars

Image courtesy of Adam Levy


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