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Captain Corelli's Mandolin transfers to the West End

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a critically acclaimed UK tour, Rona Munro’s stage adaptation of Louis de Bernières’ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is transferring to the West End – to the Harold Pinter Theatre where it runs for a limited season from July 4 to August 31, 2019.

Cephalonia 1941. Captain Corelli, an enigmatic young Italian officer, is posted to the idyllic Greek island as part of the occupying forces. The Captain is soon thrown together with Dr Iannis’ strong-willed and beautiful daughter Pelagia, who discovers all the complexities of love, and how it can blossom in the most unexpected and profound way.

From the vivid descriptions of the village and its inhabitants, to the brutal life and epic sweep of the soldiers caught up in the constantly changing politics of war, this stunning new production is directed by Olivier and Tony-Award nominee Melly Still (My Brilliant Friend) and Evening Standard Award winning writer and adaptor Rona Munro (The James Plays) and includes specially commissioned music by Harry Blake.

Alex Mugnaioni will play Captain Corelli, with Madison Clare as Pelagia, Fred Fergus as Francesco and Joseph Long as Dr Iannis.

Completing the cast are Graeme Dalling (as Soldier), Ryan Donaldson (Carlo), Ashley Gayle (Mandras), Eliot Giuralarocca (Priest), Luisa Guerreiro (Goat), Kezrena James (Lemoni), Eve Polycarpou (Drosoula), John Sandeman (Soldier), Stewart Scudamore (Velisarios), Kate Spencer (Günter) and Elizabeth Mary Williams (Psipsina).

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin has set and costume design by Mayou Trikerioti, lighting design by Malcolm Rippeth, sound design by Jon Nicholls and projection design by Dom Baker for OD Vision.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was famously filmed in 2001. Directed by John Madden, it starred Nicolas Cage, Penelope Cruz, Christian Bale and John Hurt.