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September 4th - September 8th
Following its smash hit runs in London Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita is thrilling audiences once again across the UK.
Telling the story of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Perón, Evita follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately lead her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.
Led by three of the finest musical theatre stars and saying ‘Hello, Buenos Aires’ for the first time is Lucy O’Byrne (The Sound of Music, Les Misérables) in the iconic role of Eva Perón, with Mike Sterling (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables) as Juan Perón and, award-winning West End leading man, Glenn Carter (Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar – on stage and screen, Les Misérables) as Ché. They will be joined by: Oscar Balmaseda (Magaldi) and Cristina Hoey (Mistress).
With more than 20 major awards to its credit, and the Oscar winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, and featuring some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, You Must Love Me, and Another Suitcase in Another Hall, this smash hit show truly promises to be THE THEATRICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR!
★★★★★ “A classic is reborn” Sunday Telegraph
★★★★★ “Monumental” Sunday Express
★★★★ “A gold-plated winner” Mail on Sunday
Production photos by Pamela Raith
Ticket price includes a £1 contribution to our heritage fund.
It’s more than 4 years since the show last adorned the Malvern stage, in a production which at the time starred Marti Pellow, so it’s good to see a lavish version back on the road again, this time starring The Sound Of Music’s Lucy O’Bryne in the title role of Evita, with Glenn Carter as Che and Mike Sterling as the President-cum-dictator Juan Perón.
Whilst Eva is obviously the central character (and one who is already dead at the start of the show), it is Che who pulls the story together, being both narrator and commentator on the events of a decade which saw dramatic changes in the lives of the Argentinian people (Oh what a circus! he sings, reflecting on how things turned out (he never actually met her)). It was a decade in which Eva Perón rose from lowly daughter whose father was already married to another woman to figure seen as powerful both in her own country and also in some European countries sympathetic to their style of government when she embarked on her Rainbow tour of the continent (but not the UK, who did not offer a reception at Buckingham Palace much to her disgust).
A strong personality like Evita needs a strong performer to display her character and O’Byrne is certainly up to the task, portraying a young, almost shy girl and later radio presenter who even then knows what she wants, all the way through to the steadfast, sometimes cruel, person who became not just the President’s wife but, much more so, a woman in her own right and respected by millions.
No-one, but no-one, is infallible however and the ultimate decline of the country runs parallel to her own demise, as cancer takes its toll and ends her life. Throughout, Evita is portrayed as an elegant, perfectly coiffed society lady, in spite of the lyrics of some of the songs laying bare the reality – “When the money keeps rolling out you don’t keep books”, a reference to the Swiss bank account that was supposedly set up...
Such is the esteem that the country still puts on her time as rather more than just the President’s wife, she is interred deep underground in an armoured tomb said to be able to withstand even a nuclear attack...
Benefitting from a live band which plays almost continuously, the whole story being told through song with very little speech, there is another element which contributes largely to the polished finished product and that is the stage lighting which was used to great effect throughout and the standing ovation at the end was certainly appropriate.
Although this is justifiably a virtual sell-out for this week, the show does have an extra matinée on Thursday with some seats still available….
We have. Seen many shows over the years,this is one of the best ever .The whole production brilliant ,The whole cast brilliant,they all gave one hundred percent.A night we remember and talk about with family and friends for a long time to come.
Fantastic performance. Loved every single bit of the show.