- Dates: 2nd April – 6th April 2019
- Venue: Gala Theatre
- Director: Fred Wharton
- Musical Director: Malcolm Moffat & Martin Dack
- Choreographer: Kathleen Knox
Following on from our multi-award-winning production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard”, Durham Musical Theatre Company is proud and privileged to be bringing to Durham for the first time, the Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice mega-hit, “Evita”.
“Evita” charts the story of Argentine political leader, Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine dictator, Juan Perón, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.
“Evita” opened in London in 1978 and made an overnight star of it’s leading lady, Elaine Paige. David Essex played the narrator, Che, with Joss Ackland as Perón. The following year, the show opened on Broadway, starring Patti LuPone, Mandi Patinkin and Bob Gunton. Many international productions and tours followed and in 1996 a major film of the musical was made with Madonna, Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce in the lead roles.
The score of “Evita”, including: “High Flying, Adored”, “On This Night of a Thousand Stars”, “Oh, What a Circus”, “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and the iconic “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina”, became an instant sensation with several numbers going straight to the top of the charts.
- Eva Peron – Shireen Gale
- The Mistress – Katy Walton
- Che Guevara – Graeme Walton
- Colonel Peron – Anthony Smith
- Agustin Magaldi – Steven Berry
- Chorus Principals – Kate Ayres, Enid Bilton-Gale, Izzy Chazot, Pascalle Rossle, Michael Crick, Paul Maddison, Nicky Tones