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Alex Mugnaioni as Captain Corelli & Madison Clare as Pelagia in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Photo credit Marc Brenner

Alex Mugnaioni as Captain Corelli & Madison Clare as Pelagia in Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Photo credit Marc Brenner

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin transfers to the West End

Eleni Cashell

By Eleni Cashell Published 30 May 2019

Haven’t managed to catch a performance of the UK tour of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin? Not to worry, as it’s now transferring for a limited run at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Arriving in the West End on the 4 July, this production is the first major stage adaptation of the best-selling novel, (which was first published exactly 25 years ago).

Alex Mugnaioni as Captain Corelli & Elizabeth Mary Williams as Psipsina in Captain Corelli's Mandolin, credit Marc Brenner

The current touring cast will be reprising their roles in the show. Lead by Alex Mugnaioni as Captain Antonio Corelli, the cast are made up of:

  • Madison Clare (Pelagia)
  • Joseph Long (Dr Iannis)
  • Ryan Donaldson (Carlo)
  • Ashley Gayle (Mandras)
  • Fred Fergus (Francesco)

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

The creative team are award-nominee calibre. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin will be directed by Melly Still, who has previously been nominated for both an Olivier and Tony Award for her work. The book has been adapted for the stage by Rona Munro, who has Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations to her name.

Alex Mugnaioni as Captain Corelli & Madison Clare as Pelagia in Captain Corelli's Mandolin credit Marc Brenner

The love story of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is set on the Greek island of Cephalonia. Set during the Italian and German occupation of the island in World War II, it tells the story of Dr Iannis, his strong-willed daughter Pelagia and the Italian Captain Antonio Corelli. As well as this highly praised stage adaptation, the novel has also been turned into a film starring Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz.

Author Louis de Bernières said of the transfer, “I am delighted that this production of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is moving to the West End. The play is faithful to my story, movingly told, and the direction and acting are superb.  It deserves a long run.”

The play is currently still on tour, and will play Birmingham Repertory Theatre (29 May – 15 June), King’s Theatre Edinburgh (18-22 June) and Glasgow Theatre Royal (25 – 29 June), before heading to London.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin will then run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 4 July – 31 August.

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