Hit musical Evita is to make a return to visit to the West End to mark the 65th anniversary of the death of Eva Peron next month.
Presented by Bill Kenwright for a strictly limited 12-week season, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s multi award-winning musical will play the Phoenix Theatre from 28 July until 14 October with a press gala performance on 2 October.
This year’s Eva will be played by West End rising star Emma Hatton who has already won acclaim for her performances in a number of major musical theatre roles including Wicked’s Elphaba and as Scaramouche and Meatloaf in We Will Rock You.
Directed by Kenwright and Bob Tomson, the production will also feature leading Italian performer Gian Marco Schiaretti as Che. Schiaretti will arrive in London fresh from his recent run in the title role in Disney’s Tarzan in Stuttgart.
The cast is completed by Oscar Balmaseda, Sarah O’Connor, George Arvidson, Lewis Barnshaw, Jessica Ellen, Callum Fitzgerald, Kellie Gnauck, Dominic Adam Griffin, Joe McCourt, Jude Neill, Jordan Oliver, Chrissie Perkins, Oliver Slade, Matias Stegmann and Yuval Zoref.
Billed as the ‘theatrical event of the summer’, the production will be designed by Matthew Wright, with choreography by Bill Deamer and sound design by Dan Samson.
With more than 20 major awards to its credit, and an Oscar winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, Rice and Lloyd Webber’s Evita features a much-loved score including the songs ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’, ‘On This Night of a Thousand Stars’, and ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’.