Bizet re-imagined for Carmen Disruption at Almeida

Carmen Disruption

Casting has been announced for the premiere of Carmen Disruption. Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Birdland, Three Kingdoms) makes his Almeida Theatre debut with a dramatic reimagining of Bizet’s Carmen.

Michael Longhurst directs. The cast will include Olivier Award winner Noma Dumezweni, John Light, who is currently appearing opposite Penelope Wilton in Taken At Midnight and Jack Farthing, who has recently appeared in The Riot Club and ITV drama Cilla.

Sharon Small, whose TV credits include Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife, will make her Almeida debut alongside internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Viktoria Vizin, who completed her 100th performance of Bizet’s Carmen at the Budapest State Opera House in 2012.

The cast is completed by Katie West, who recently performed opposite Maxine Peake in Hamlet at the Royal Exchange, Jamie Cameron who is currently starring in Once the Musical in the West End, and Harry Napier.

In the opulent grandeur of a European city, a renowned singer abandons the opera house for the truth of the streets. A gorgeous prostitute. A tough-talking taxi driver. A global trader. A teenage dreamer. Everyone’s looking for something.

Simon Stephens’ strange and beautiful new play explores the possibility of love in a fractured urban world.

Carmen Disruption runs from April 10–May 23.

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