Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose in association with Malmö Opera to premiere new production of Puccini's Tosca

Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose in association with Malmö Opera 

Tosca is sensual, powerful, and vulnerable. Living in the shadow of The Berlin Wall, she is the toast of the GDR elite, until her lover Cavaradossi helps a political prisoner to escape, putting Tosca at the mercy of Stasi chief Scarpia.

Puccini’s tautest drama is given a radical yet affectionate re-working, set in the dying days of the East German Republic and stripping the story to its most essential elements. 

A cast of just four singers and a trio of piano, clarinet and cello will bring OperaUpClose’s trademark intimacy and immediacy to this tale of love, lust, and the corrupting influence of power, while retaining all of the emotional impact of the original.

OperaUpClose is dedicated to presenting new, difficult and classic operas in intimate spaces with world-class trained singers and directors, bringing opera to life for diverse audiences and to offer the extraordinary opportunity to experience the dramatic and musical event of opera up close. La Bohème was the company's first production, opening at The Cock Tavern Theatre in October 2009.  It became the longest continuously performed opera in the UK and won the 2011 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production and the 2011 Award Best Off-West End Production. In October 2010, OperaUpClose became the resident company at the King's Head Theatre, where the company has now produced several new opera productions, as well as two productions (a transfer of La Bohème and a new production of Don Giovanni) at Soho Theatre. La Bohème will play at Charing Cross Theatre for a three-month season from Tuesday 30 October.

Director - Adam Spreadbury-Maher 
Musical Director - Elspeth Wilkes
Designer - Nina Fransson
Costume Designer - Jonathan Lipman
Lighting Designer - Richard Williamson
Produced by OperaUpClose in association with Malmö Opera 

Listings information


King’s Head Theatre
 115 Upper Street 
London N1 1QN

Tuesday 2 October  to 
Saturday 10 November

Press Nights: Tuesday 
9 October and Wednesday 
10 October at 7.15pm

Tuesday - Saturday at 7.15pm 
Sunday at 3.00pm

Previews: Tuesday 2 October
 - Thursday 4 October and Sunday 7 October: all seats £10.00

Friday 5 & Saturday 6 October then Tuesday 9 October - Saturday November 10  £16.00 - £25.00

Box office: 020 7478 0160

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