The first major theatrical adaptation of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, the world-famous story of romance in the face of the Second World War, receives its world premiere at the Rose Theatre Kingston.

Based on Louis de Bernières’ best-selling novelCaptain Corelli’s Mandolin is adapted by the award-winning playwright Rona Munro (The James Boys) and the Olivier and Tony Award-nominated director Melly Still.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is set on Cephallonia, an idyllic Greek island where the residents live in peace. Iannis loves the island and his strong-willed daughter Pelagia. Carlo, an Italian solider, discovers love whilst fighting in Albania. Pelagia loves her father and the fisherman Mandras. The young Italian Captain Corelli loves only his music.

But tensions soar when, one morning in 1941, Cephallonia awakens to the sights and sounds of warfare, under the duress of Italian and German occupation, and everything the islanders knew changes. Can love blossom in such unpredictable circumstances?

This new production of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin marks the 25th anniversary of the original novel’s publication in 1994, and is brought to the stage by a strong creative team at the Rose Theatre Kingston. The novel has previously been adapted into radio plays for BBC Radio 4 and a film version, released in 2001 starring Nicolas Cage, John Hurt, Christian Bale and Penélope Cruz.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin tickets are now available to book on Official London Theatre.

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