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Wednesday, May 04, 2022

La Bohème @ King's Head Theatre...

Last night Stuart and I went to see Mark Ravenhill's Grindr-generation production of Puccini's La Bohème at the King's Head Theatre in London's glitzy Upper Street.

This "queer reinvention" was emotional, extremely intimate, beautifully sung, and a laugh-out loud riot.

With a new very modern and very English libretto, originally conceived by David Eaton and Adam Spreadbury-Maher and reworked by Philip Lee and David Eaton, with musical direction from David Eaton, this production relocates the story of a community of struggling artists to contemporary gay London. We find a group of friends who started partying in the 1990s. As they reach middle age, they are faced with the possibility that now may be the time to sell out and settle down. But romantic passion, sexual desire and the hedonistic pleasures of partying remain as strong as ever.

The full cast includes the fabulously handsome Matthew Kellett as Marcus, the fantastic Philip Lee as Mimi, the scene-stealing Grace Nyandoro as Marissa and the beautiful Daniel Koek as Robin.

Puccini could hardly have asked for more.

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