📢 Theatre Review 📢 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin @Captheatres @Portybelle #LoveTheatre

Absolutely delighted to bring you today’s theatre review of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Joanne Baird. Thank you to Capital Theatres for the opportunity to review.

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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

TUE 18 JUN TO SAT 22 JUN 2019

Evenings 7.30pm, Matinees Wed & Sat 2.30pm

Overview

Cephalonia 1941. Captain Corelli, an enigmatic young Italian officer, is posted to the idyllic Greek island as part of the occupying forces. Shunned by the locals at first, he proves to be civilised, humorous – and a consummate musician. The Captain is soon thrown together with Dr Iannis’ strong-willed and beautiful daughter Pelagia, who discovers all of the complexities of love, and how it can blossom in the most unexpected and profound way. A cast of fifteen actors and singers bring Louis de Bernières’ epic novel dramatically to life. Experience all of the passion and poetry that made this love story a multimillion best-selling novel and a smash-hit Hollywood movie. From the vivid descriptions of the village and its inhabitants, to the brutal life and epic sweep of the soldiers caught up in the constantly changing politics of war, this stunning new production is directed by Olivier and Tony-Award nominee Melly Still (My Brilliant Friend) and writer and adaptor Rona Munro (The James Plays) and includes specially commissioned music by Harry Blake. Please note: The Audio Described performance will be described by Paulene Laverty

Theatre Review by Joanne Baird

Louis de Berniere’s Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is one of my all time favourite books and I adore the film too. I was so pleased when I heard that a full stage production was in the offing. I have also seen, and loved, a smaller scale production by Mike Maran at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival many years ago. I was delighted, thanks to Kelly at Love Books Group, to be able to attend the opening performance of the play’s run last night at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh.

The stage production was much truer to the book than the film and it might surprise some that Correlli isn’t a main character until the second half. The first half is the story of Greece and Kefalonia under occupation during the Second World War, first by Italy and then by Germany. It is the story of a country torn apart by those fighting for passionately held ideals. The second half tells of the forbidden love between the headstrong and intelligent Pelagi and the Italian captain.

Adapted by Rona Munro and directed by Melly Still, the story is brought to life by a fifteen strong cast. Alex Mugnaioni as Antonio Corelli and  Madison Clare as Pelagia both shine with their strong performances as the lovers. Joseph Long was superb as Dr Iannis, always one of my favourite characters because of his wisdom and wit. The standout performance for me came from Ryan Donaldson as Carlo, his grief, love and strength so apparent throughout.

Mayou Trikerioti’s incredible backdrop of jagged metal dominates the stage area. Reminiscent of a crumpled up letter, perhaps one of the many Pelagia wrote to Mandras, various images were projected onto this which combined with lighting and sound effects was highly effective. Harry Blake’s musical score plays its part too in creating atmosphere whether the cacophony of war or the beautiful, evocative music of the mandolin.

This is a powerful and poignant production with its themes of bittersweet love, the futility of war and the resilience of the human spirit. If it is coming to a theatre near you, I highly recommend you get yourself a ticket. You are in for an emotional and hugely enjoyable evening.

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Capital Theatres

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

TUE 18 JUN TO SAT 22 JUN 2019

Evenings 7.30pm, Matinees Wed & Sat 2.30pm

Running time (approx.): 2 hours 35 minutes (incl. 20 min interval)

KING’S THEATRE

BOX OFFICE: 0131 529 6000

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