Reviewed by Emily Crombie
Evita tracks the rise and fall of Eva Peron. This powerful and emotional musical is written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber and produced by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright.
After opening in the West End in 1978, Evita has won many awards in the UK and US including Tony Awards and Olivier Awards. It has since gone on to become a film starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, released in 1996.
The curtain opens to the news of death of Argentina’s First Lady before starting from her teenage years as Eva Duarte heads to Buenos Aires working as an actress and on the radio. Her ambition leads her to Juan Peron as he climbs the political ladder. As Peron becomes President of Argentina, Eva becomes the voice of the people garnering support for Peron nationally and internationally before her untimely death at the age of 33.
Evita is operatic in style with the complete story told in song with Che (Gian Marco Schiaretti) developing and advancing the plot.
Eva is played beautifully by Madalena Alberto, having previously undertaken the role in the West End, conveying the perfect balance of power and vulnerability.
The musical score is fantastic with hits such as Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, Another Suitcase in Another Hall, Oh What A Circus, A New Argentina and many more.
On arrival to The King’s Theatre a swift security check was carried out before being shown to our seats in row C of the Grand Circle, although towards the side we had full view of the stage.
The theatre is located on Bath Street, within walking distance of both rail and bus stations. The area is well serviced with buses, taxis and there is on street parking too.
Tickets cost from £17.90 to £63.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Evita is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow from 15-19 May 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/kings or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648