West End transfer for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin following tour success

Alex Mugnaioni & Madison Clare in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Images Marc Brenner.

The first major stage production of Louis de Bernières’ best-selling novel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, will transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End from July following rave reviews on its hugely successful UK tour.

Author, Louis de Bernières, said of the transfer: “I am delighted that this production is moving to the West End.

“The play is faithful to my story, movingly told, and the direction and acting are superb. It deserves a long run.”

This epic love story, which became a hit 2001 film starring Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz, is set on the Greek island of Cephalonia.

It follows the lives of Dr Iannis, his beautiful, strong-willed daughter Pelagia and Italian Captain Antonio Corelli, during the Italian and German occupation of the island during the Second World War.

The stage production is directed by Olivier and Tony Award nominee, Melly Still, and has been adapted by Evening Standard Award-winner and Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominee Rona Munro.

2019 marks 25 years since the book was first published.

The drama stars Alex Mugnaioni as Captain Antonio Corelli, Madison Clare as Pelagia and Joseph Long as Dr Iannis. They are joined by Ryan Donaldson, Ashley Gayle and Fred Fergus.

Completing the cast are Graeme Dalling, Eliot Giuralarocca, Luisa Guerreiro, Kezrena James, Eve Polycarpou, John Sandeman, Stewart Scudamore, Kate Spencer and Elizabeth Mary Williams.

The national tour is currently playing Birmingham Repertory Theatre until June 15 before moving to King’s Theatre Edinburgh (June 18 to 22) and Glasgow Theatre Royal (June 25 to 29) ahead of the transfer.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre from July 4 – August 31.

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