Following a critically acclaimed UK tour, the brand-new stage adaptation of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited, nine-week season from 4 July.
Cephalonia 1941. Captain Corelli, an enigmatic young Italian officer, is posted to the idyllic Greek island as part of the occupying forces. 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 Evening Standard Award winning writer and adaptor Rona Munro (The James Plays) and includes specially commissioned music by Harry Blake.
★★★★ ‘Blissful wartime romance. Wonderfully true to the much-loved book. BRAVO’ The Times
★★★★ ‘A fleet, muscular retelling. Liable to bring a lump to the throat’ Daily Telegraph
★★★★ ‘Wartime romance plucks at the heartstrings’ Evening Standard
I had watched the film, and loved it,, how ever the play at the beginning spend to long on the war,, and dragged on abit,, the second half was better as was more of the main two characters,, as the film was finding love. While. At war.
I enjoyed this show more than I was expecting to. The story stuck closely to the book so was quite stark at times when dealing with the effects of war. The acting was good and there was humour as well. The woman acting the goat was amazing. Don't ask ! and the mixed gender and ethnicity worked well. The large "rock" at the back of the stage lent itself to all sorts of dramatic sound and visual effects.
Really enjoyed this play. The actors were great and so was the script. Very enjoyable evening.
First half could be shorter with a couple scenes that could be cut. The second half is definitely more engaging. Overall a good night out. Worth mentioning that the staff at the theatre were lovely.
I enjoyed the play and admired the director's vision in putting on a well know book and film. The actors were excellent - I particularly admired the main characters and the goat and the pine martin. A little too much of the war for my liking.
Engaging and close to the book.
A very good interpretation of the book cleverly portrayed with a relatively small but talented cast who changed seamlessly in character. Both funny and moving.
Excellent production superbly delivered by all the players. A simple set but all the effects were breathtaking embellishing an all round thoroughly enjoyable & moving experience.
Dreadful, didn't enjoy it at all. We thought the acting was awful and the storey line poor. We came out at half time.
Really enjoyed the performance, definitely recommend going to see it.
This production worked around a classic novel was outstanding and full of excellent performances and direction. The design and staging aspects of this play were excellent and very creative and visually impressive. The production was not only sensitive to the original novel but also very thoughtful in its theatrical representation.
Wasnt sure how it would transfer to the stage but I wasnt disappointed
Excellent depiction that uses personal relationships to depict a dreadful time in world history
We enjoyed the show but found the first half rather slow. There were some good effects especially in the war scenes. Sometimes it was difficult to know which side the actors were fighting on as they swapped roles a lot. Some of the actors had strong regional accents which I found slightly off putting at times especially as when trying to work out who was Greek, Italian or German. A moving and enjoyable story on the whole.
So it didn’t help it was an incredibly hot night, we were literally melting in our seats! Maybe wrongly we were expecting it to be more like the film but obviously stuck closely to the book! Which would have been fine except it was over long,captain corelli didn’t come on to the 2nd half,animals were played by humans, we felt no empathy for the characters , we were literally counting the seconds till it ended, the star is for the wonderful singing by the Italian soldiers! Really sorry for bad review but when you spend so much money at London theatres you expect so much more!
I loved it! I’d read the book and seen the film but the stage show was brilliant! The energy and skills of the players was amazing! Never underestimate a goat!!! 😂
I gave it one star because I couldnt give it none.. I have never seen so much garbage in such a short period of time, my wife loves the film, not so much the book, this version is probably the worst acting I have seen, a half thrown together set, done on a budget. After 30 seconds I knew it wasnt for me, a woman acting as a goat in every scene totally ruining any possible way of getting lost in the play, I paid £90 each for seats and we left at the interval, and the gay scene was totally out of the blue, and Christain Bales character was black, so was the young girl who as meant to be half jewish, Political correctness taking over every aspect of todays world... save your money and go and watch Phantom ....
Sorry but we didn’t enjoy this show. The goat was very good but I think this isn’t what we were expecting. It felt a bit amdram. It was difficult to empathise with the characters and the main Pergolia ( wrong spelling I’m sure) was hard to hear and seemed cold. The singing parts were good and clever interpretation of the war. I felt the whole story was too big for this format. The film was beautiful so very disappointed.
Both my wife and myself have read the book a couple of times and seen the film 2 or 3 times. We were intrigued how good the stage show would be and were really impressed at how effectively the story was portrayed. We are delighted we went to see this show & have already recommended it to both friends & family.
Really enjoyed this show, very emotional in parts. Would recommend.
I am so happy that I got the opportunity to see this, everything about it was authentic and intelligent, an absolute joy and very moving. I will remember this for a very long time, thank you
Very enjoyable. Loved the theatre and found this version of the book more realistic than the film. The cast worked very hard.
Superb in every way and wonderful acting by the cast.
Very good performance by all wonderful show my wife and I were very impressed and felt very emotional after the show.
I usually go for musicals and thought I would try a play/musical. I really enjoyed it.
Thoroughly enjoyable show . Would definitely recommend it .
Went with a few of my book group and we all enjoyed the show.... the scenery was excellent and the story was well portrayed. It made us realise how complicated lives became during and after WW2. You get to know the characters and feel their frustrations and emotions.
Having read the book some years ago I was keen to see the play. I enjoyed the second half more but in all an interesting and enjoyable evening.
Wonderful show with so many dimensions and staged so beautifully.
It was very entertaining, and a lovely story.
We were both disappointed with this show. The acting is average nothing special. The stage and production was poor. It does not represent Kefolonia, Greece at all. I have seen better stage production at my daughters school drama production. I am not sure why professional reviewers gave it five stars. We regularly go to theatre, but was very disappointed with the production. On the plus side the woman who acted as mountain goat was the the best one there..
When is it showing
Today - 29 Aug 2019
No refunds or exchanges available after purchase
When Can I Go
Thursday 4th July - Saturday 31st August 2019
Where Do I Go
Harold Pinter Theatre