Captain Corelli's Mandolin

The first major stage production of best-selling novel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, will open its UK tour in April at Leicester’s Curve Theatre.

The play, which has been adapted for stage for the first time, is set to begin its tour 25 years after the book by Louis De Bernieres was first published.

The UK tour opens at Leicester Curve on 13th April 2019 and is due to draw to a close at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on the 15th June 2019.

What is Captain Corelli’s Mandolin about?

The play is based on Louis De Bernieres’ award-winning novel and is set during the Italian and German occupation of the island of Cephalonia in World War Two. The story follows Dr Iannis, his daughter Pelagia and the Italian Captain Antonio Corelli as their lives become intertwined in an epic love story. 

About the production

The novel, which received numerous awards including the 1995 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize – Overall Winner for Best Book, was first adapted into a film starring Nicolas cage and Penelope Cruz in 2001.

The play is adapted by Rona Munro and directed by Melly Still. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is produced by Neil Laidlaw, Rose Theatre Kingston and Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Rona Munro is known for her stage, radio, film and television work. Notable credits include her adaptation of The James Plays, which won Best Play at the Evening Standard Awards and Writers’ Guilt Awards in 2015. More recently, she has adapted Elizabaeth Strout’s My Name is Lucy Barton for the Bridge Theatre.

A selection of Melly Still’s past credits include Warhorse Proms (Royal Albert Hall), My Brilliant Friend and Coram Boy, which she received critical acclaim for. She is currently directing the UK tour of The Lovely Bones.

Selected 2019 tour dates:

Rose Theatre Kingston: 23rd April – 12th May
Theatre Royal Bath: 14th – 18th May
Birmingham Repertory Theatre: 29th May – 15th June

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