Bill Kenwright’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical classic Evita will make a much anticipated return to London this summer, transferring to the Phoenix Theatre for a limited 12 week run.
The season marks the 65th anniversary of the death of Eva Perón, which will be commemorated in Argentina in July. The enigmatic figure oversaw a meteoric rise from humble beginnings to vast wealth and power at a time of political turbulence.
Telling the story of Eva, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Perón, Evita follows the journey which ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people, and features songs such as Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night Of A Thousand Stars, and You Must Love Me.
The production will play at the Phoenix Theatre from 28 July – 14 October 2017, with Emma Hatton (Wicked, We Will Rock You) portraying the eponymous character, and Gian Marco Schiaretti (Tarzan in Disney’s Musical Tarzan) as the revolutionary Che.
The cast is completed by Oscar Balmaseda, Sarah O’Connor, George Arvidson, Lewis Barnshaw, Jessica Ellen, Callum Fitzgerald, Kellie Gnauck, Dominic Adam Griffin, Joe McCourt, Jude Neill, Jordan Oliver, Chrissie Perkins, Oliver Slade, Matias Stegmann and Yuval Zoref.
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita has more than 20 major awards to its credit, and in 1996 was adapted into an Oscar winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas.
The season follows the run of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s Olivier Award-nominated musical The Girls at the Phoenix Theatre.