Opened 1 August 2018, Closed 18 August 2018 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
Christopher Renshaw's production of Carmen La Cubana in London for a strictly limited three season
Inspired by Oscar Hammerstein IIís Broadway hit musical Carmen Jones, this new musical features Bizetís classic score flavoured with authentic Cuban styles - set against the simmering turmoil of Revolution in Cuba, 1958 - mixing opera with salsa, mambo, rumba and cha-cha-cha and including musical favourites such as Habanera.
Directed by Christopher Renshaw, with new orchestrations by Tony Award winner Alex Lacamoire, this UK Premiere production features a large company of singers, dancers and musicians, Carmen La Cubana is a sultry take on one of the most famous operas ever created.
Christopher Renshaw's London theatre credits include the Gipsy Kings' musical Zorro at the Garrick Theatre in 2008 and the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I at the London Palladium in 2000.
Carmen Jones - 1991
Previewed 27 March 1991, Opened 8 April 1991 and 15 April 1991, Closed 16 January 1993 at the Old Vic Theatre
The London West End Premiere of the musical by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the Meilhac and Halevy adaptation of Prosper Merimee's Carmen, with music by Georges Bizet.
The original cast featured Wilhelmenia Fernandez as 'Carmen Jones' and Damon Evans as 'Joe' - with alternate lead pair Sharon Benson as 'Carmen Jones' and Michael Austin as 'Joe' - with Gregg Baker as 'Husky Miller', Jose Garcia as 'Sergeant Brown / Poncho', Karen Parks as 'Cindy Lou', Clive Rowe as 'Rum', Danny John Jules as 'Dink', Carolyn Sebron as 'Frankie' and Wendy Brown as 'Myrt'. During the run Gary Wilmot took over the role of 'Joe' from Michael Austin.
Directed by Simon Callow with choreography by Stuart Hopps, designs by Bruni Santini, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Julian Beech.