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    There are moments of exquisite staging.
    Broadway World
    A charming and intriguing adaptation.
    Gay Times

Captain Corelli's Mandolin tickets

The first major stage adaptation of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre this summer following a critically acclaimed UK tour. Based on Louis de Bernières bestselling wartime novel, the show plays from 4 July.

Set during the 1940s German and Italian occupation of Greek island Cephalonia, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is a classic World War II love story that follows the lives of Dr Iannis, his daughter Pelagia, and enigmatic Italian Captain Antonio Corelli. Featuring a vividly realised cast including islanders and soldiers, this romantic and sweeping show explores the far-reaching effects of war, the love that blooms in adversity, and the power of music.

Louis de Bernières won the 1995 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize – Overall Winner for Best Book for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, which was adapted for film in 2001, starring Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz. Described as a “rich and ambitious piece of theatre” (Time Out), the play has received rave reviews during its UK tour this year.

The show stars Alex Mugnaioni (Shakespeare’s Globe: Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew) as Captain Antonio Corelli, Madison Clare as Pelagia, and Joseph Long (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) as Dr Iannis.

The book has been adapted for the stage by Rona Munro (The James Plays) and directed by Olivier Award nominee Melly Still (The Lovely Bones, My Brilliant Friend). Other creatives include designer Mayou Trikerioti and composer Harry Blake.

Sink into sweet music and sweeping romance as this beloved novel is brought to life on stage. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin at the Harold Pinter Theatre plays from 4 July, with a gala night on 10 July.

Performance dates: 30 Aug 2019 - 31 Aug 2019

Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes (with an interval)

Age recommendation: Recommended 11+

Special notice: Fans of Louis de Bernières’ novel or the film will love this romantic stage adaptation, whilst anyone who enjoys a war-era story should find plenty to admire in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

Sorry this show closed 31 August 2019, we recommend these similar productions.

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Overall I enjoyed this. I hadn't seen the film but that wasn't necessary to follow the story even though... More

chocoholics2005 17 Jul 2019

Overall I enjoyed this. I hadn't seen the film but that wasn't necessary to follow the story even though many of the actors played several roles. There was music and singing but I wouldn't describe it as a musical. The choreography / movement around the stage incorporated scene changes and was very cleverly done.

chocoholics2005 17 Jul 2019

A really sweet version of the best selling book and successful movie. I wondered how they were going... More

joc78 Top 10 reviewer17 Jul 2019

A really sweet version of the best selling book and successful movie. I wondered how they were going to capture the island of Kephalonia on stage but they did it very well with some magnificent set design. This version is very true to the book (but not the film) which I liked. Great acting from all the cast (particularly one who was acting as a goat throughout the performance!). Highly recommend.

joc78 Top 10 reviewer17 Jul 2019

A lengthy and complex story is well condensed into 2 hours and 40 minutes of performance. I thought this... More

LondonLass Top 50 reviewer15 Jul 2019

A lengthy and complex story is well condensed into 2 hours and 40 minutes of performance. I thought this was well paced and staged very well considering a lot happens during the story. I especially liked the use of music throughout.

LondonLass Top 50 reviewer15 Jul 2019

This was the first night and a privilege to be there. This was incredibly moving, poetic in movement... More

lindar10 04 Jul 2019

This was the first night and a privilege to be there. This was incredibly moving, poetic in movement and direction, and hauntingly beautiful and challenging. It was a theatrical feast; the kind of play that comes back to revisit you for weeks afterwards. And yes, Captain Corelli does indeed play the mandolin beautifully, and all of the music plays as much a part of the story as any character. Fans of the film must realise that the film was not totally true to the book, and this is close to the book with a depth that the film missed. So come ready to enjoy the real story, some of which the film glossed over, which could confuse film fans for much of the first part of the play.

lindar10 04 Jul 2019

Overall they have adapted the book pretty well although there are a couple of alterations to the story.... More

emilygami Top 50 reviewer13 Aug 2019

Overall they have adapted the book pretty well although there are a couple of alterations to the story. The staging is incredible and the whole cast is strong.

emilygami Top 50 reviewer13 Aug 2019
samshonk Top 50 reviewer22 Sep 2019
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