PREVIEW: Carmen La Cubana, Sadler’s Wells

Receiving its UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells this August, Carmen La Cubana sees the story of Carmen given a Cuban twist…


Carmen La Cubana is inspired by both George Bizet’s opera Carmen and Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical adaptation Carmen Jones and will be performed at Sadler’s Wells from the 1st to the 18th August.

The UK premiere is directed by Christopher Renshaw (The King and I) with new orchestrations by Tony Award winner Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton). This production combines opera with salsa, mambo, rumba and cha-cha-cha and including musical favourites such as Habanera to offer a new contemporary take on the classic story.

Talking about the production, Christopher Renshaw said: “The experience of living in Havana for three months developing this musical with Cuban actors, singers and musician was a wonderful life changing experience. Havana is soaked in the influence of Santería, the music of which was seminal in reimaging the story of Carmen. Passionate love, salsa and revolution. It is a gift to any director, and I look forward to sharing it with audiences in London this summer.”

Meanwhile, the production is designed by Tom Piper and will feature a cast of twenty six who will also be performing Roclan Gonzalez Chavez’s choreography which combines rumba, cha-cha-cha and mambo with a contemporary movement vocabulary.

Carmen La Cubana will be performed at Sadler’s Wells from the 1st to the 18th August. To book tickets click here or visit: From the Box Office, Love, Theatre Tickets  or  Encore Tickets. 


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