Following a critically acclaimed UK tour, the brand-new stage adaptation of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited, nine-week season from 4 July.
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 of the complexities of love, and how it can blossom in the most unexpected and profound way.
A cast of fifteen actors and singers bring Louis de Bernières’ epic novel dramatically to life. Experience all of the passion and poetry that made this love story a multimillion best-selling novel and a smash-hit Hollywood movie.
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.
★★★★ ‘Blissful wartime romance. Wonderfully true to the much-loved book. BRAVO’ The Times
★★★★ ‘A fleet, muscular retelling. Liable to bring a lump to the throat’ Daily Telegraph
★★★★ ‘Wartime romance plucks at the heartstrings’ Evening Standard
If you’ve lovely the film, enjoyed the book, been to Kevalonia ... please don’t ruin it all by watching the stage version ...
The play was brilliant from start to finish. From the props , sound , production and actors, I cannot fault a thing. My husband and I were thoroughly captivated and enjoyed the humour as well as the intensity of the times depicted. The musical score was tremendous as well. Well done and thank you for an evening to be remembered.
Wonderful adaptation of the book brought to the stage. Brilliant acting, really moving performances. Highly recommend.
Disappointed with the caste and the setting. Better to just read the book.
A most brilliant production. Brilliant acting at a most excellent theatre. Would highly recommend seeing this production.
Amazing play, well put together,great actors... just loved it 👍✨✨
Fabulous on all fronts; acting, singing, technical effects and physical effects.
Engaging and evocative.
What an incredible show! The skill and professionalism of all the actors in this production of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was amazing. Emotionally charged throughout. A totally memorable performance!, ( Sadly the ending was spoiled by the need to take part in the fire drill. It completely detracted from the beautiful and bitter sweet ending. Not happy about that theatre manager!)
What an incredible production. Nothing to fault; the acting, singing, the set and music, it was all wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
Excellent. Very imaginative staging Good acting. Very gripping. A great evening.
Hello, We booked this with my boyfriend, if I knew that I will need to sit in 35 degree room for 3 hours for £60 I would have booked spa day! Play although meaningful and interesting was way too long - first part was a struggle and we nearly left. The view was restricted by pillars, and while it says in the ticket that it "might" block the view - it definetly did, I was moving right and left all the time to see the stage. But the heat in the room was something unbearable.
I very much enjoyed the play
I didn’t find myself at the edge of my seat, my heart strings were not pulled and no tear came to my eye. Long winded story which could be told in half the time. The first act was especially long winded and we didn’t meet the captain til well in. The acting was average and captain Corelli seems somewhat stiff and stilted. My favourite was the goat, actress did a really good job ‘acting the goat’.
So good she had to see it twice - what more do I need to say? You have five days left before it closes - get a move on
Very enjoyable evening with only two minor disappointments: The lead actress although she improved in the second act was disappointing The background music playing while Carlo's letter was being read out drowned his message for me
Absolutely brilliant. Every character played their parts to the highest standard. The ‘Goat’ was great. The musical score was fantastic, the story incredibly moving.
Was unsure what to expect with the production but was taken in by the characters immediately great acting from all. Funny and sad in equal measures. Well done really enjoyed and much better than the film.
What a great play! The simple set worked so well and the abstract almost contemporary dance style of some scenes was really effective! Definitely recommend!
Loved the play, great story, exciting and funny.
Very convincing performance by all members of the cast portraying the harsh realities of war alongside emotional turmoil. Thought sound and video projection used very effectively to enhance minimal scenery. Thought goat & pine martin were astonishing in the way that they remained in character. Thoroughly e joyed the entire project. May very well go again.
Really very good show
My mum (78) myself (51) and my daughter (21) booked this theatre trip as my mum’s birthday treat. Having learned the story from the film I found this stage production quite different and imaginative. Compelling and poignant. Brilliant acting and use of the stage with some great visual effects. Seated in stalls row H my daughter couldn’t see well past the tall person sat in front so we swapped seats for the second half to share the restriction. Otherwise first-class performance and would highly recommend .
Came to the show travelling down from Lancashire with my Husband and son who studied English and LDB is a hero of his, we were NOT disappointed! Very true interpretation with really superb cast, we were all moved by the performances! Wonderful ! Fabulous little theatre Thank you all.
Totally surreal....this is diversity in the extreme! Not sure how the author would feel about the adaptation. The transformation of the pine martin to a human baby was nothing short of a miracle. Felt sorry for the goat with her bloomers caught up in her skirt. Looked a bit uncomfortable. Not sure about the doctor's frequent peeing on the herbs...he needs to get his prostate checked. The gender neutral aspect added a challenge when figuring out who was what. Some very interesting special effects especially the bomb scenes, though did worry about those heavy kit bags that the soldiers and soldierettes were carrying. Leading lady's voice had a bit of a hard edge to it.... but the poor old Greek mum's voice was pretty spectacular. The random accents and bursts of Italian, Greek and Italian added to the general cacaphony. Tremendous effort by all the cast. Some poignant and thoughtful touches.
Absolute rubbish Don't waste your money.
This is a beautifully crafted play, thoroughly enjoyed it
I had watched the film, and loved it,, how ever the play at the beginning spend to long on the war,, and dragged on abit,, the second half was better as was more of the main two characters,, as the film was finding love. While. At war.
I enjoyed this show more than I was expecting to. The story stuck closely to the book so was quite stark at times when dealing with the effects of war. The acting was good and there was humour as well. The woman acting the goat was amazing. Don't ask ! and the mixed gender and ethnicity worked well. The large "rock" at the back of the stage lent itself to all sorts of dramatic sound and visual effects.
Really enjoyed this play. The actors were great and so was the script. Very enjoyable evening.
First half could be shorter with a couple scenes that could be cut. The second half is definitely more engaging. Overall a good night out. Worth mentioning that the staff at the theatre were lovely.
I enjoyed the play and admired the director's vision in putting on a well know book and film. The actors were excellent - I particularly admired the main characters and the goat and the pine martin. A little too much of the war for my liking.
Engaging and close to the book.
A very good interpretation of the book cleverly portrayed with a relatively small but talented cast who changed seamlessly in character. Both funny and moving.
Excellent production superbly delivered by all the players. A simple set but all the effects were breathtaking embellishing an all round thoroughly enjoyable & moving experience.
Dreadful, didn't enjoy it at all. We thought the acting was awful and the storey line poor. We came out at half time.
Really enjoyed the performance, definitely recommend going to see it.
This production worked around a classic novel was outstanding and full of excellent performances and direction. The design and staging aspects of this play were excellent and very creative and visually impressive. The production was not only sensitive to the original novel but also very thoughtful in its theatrical representation.
Wasnt sure how it would transfer to the stage but I wasnt disappointed
Excellent depiction that uses personal relationships to depict a dreadful time in world history
We enjoyed the show but found the first half rather slow. There were some good effects especially in the war scenes. Sometimes it was difficult to know which side the actors were fighting on as they swapped roles a lot. Some of the actors had strong regional accents which I found slightly off putting at times especially as when trying to work out who was Greek, Italian or German. A moving and enjoyable story on the whole.
So it didn’t help it was an incredibly hot night, we were literally melting in our seats! Maybe wrongly we were expecting it to be more like the film but obviously stuck closely to the book! Which would have been fine except it was over long,captain corelli didn’t come on to the 2nd half,animals were played by humans, we felt no empathy for the characters , we were literally counting the seconds till it ended, the star is for the wonderful singing by the Italian soldiers! Really sorry for bad review but when you spend so much money at London theatres you expect so much more!
I loved it! I’d read the book and seen the film but the stage show was brilliant! The energy and skills of the players was amazing! Never underestimate a goat!!! 😂
I gave it one star because I couldnt give it none.. I have never seen so much garbage in such a short period of time, my wife loves the film, not so much the book, this version is probably the worst acting I have seen, a half thrown together set, done on a budget. After 30 seconds I knew it wasnt for me, a woman acting as a goat in every scene totally ruining any possible way of getting lost in the play, I paid £90 each for seats and we left at the interval, and the gay scene was totally out of the blue, and Christain Bales character was black, so was the young girl who as meant to be half jewish, Political correctness taking over every aspect of todays world... save your money and go and watch Phantom ....
Sorry but we didn’t enjoy this show. The goat was very good but I think this isn’t what we were expecting. It felt a bit amdram. It was difficult to empathise with the characters and the main Pergolia ( wrong spelling I’m sure) was hard to hear and seemed cold. The singing parts were good and clever interpretation of the war. I felt the whole story was too big for this format. The film was beautiful so very disappointed.
Both my wife and myself have read the book a couple of times and seen the film 2 or 3 times. We were intrigued how good the stage show would be and were really impressed at how effectively the story was portrayed. We are delighted we went to see this show & have already recommended it to both friends & family.
Really enjoyed this show, very emotional in parts. Would recommend.
I am so happy that I got the opportunity to see this, everything about it was authentic and intelligent, an absolute joy and very moving. I will remember this for a very long time, thank you
Very enjoyable. Loved the theatre and found this version of the book more realistic than the film. The cast worked very hard.
Superb in every way and wonderful acting by the cast.
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When Can I Go
Thursday 4th July - Saturday 31st August 2019
Where Do I Go
Harold Pinter Theatre