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LA BOHÈME Thursday 19 July 7.30pm, The Hawth Crawley


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Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose bring their hugely acclaimed, 2011 Olivier Award winning (Best New Opera Production) English version of Puccini’s La Bohème to The Hawth Crawley on Thursday 19 July.

One of the most accessible and moving operas ever written, at the heart of Puccini’s La Bohème is the romance between aspiring novelist Rodolfo and immigrant cleaner Mimi, as his friends flirt, fight and struggle to make ends meet around him.

credit Simon Kane

credit Simon Kane

La Bohème was OperaUpClose’s first production and opened in 2009. It ran sold out for six months in London and has gone on to win an Olivier Award, three West End transfers, UK tours and a week at the highly respected Ravenna Festival in Italy. describe the production as a “defining moment” in UK opera.

The comic elements of this hugely popular production heighten its tragic ending, with audiences saying this 21st century Bohème affected them like no other, thanks to its stark relevance to modern day issues.

Robin Norton-Hale has created a truly thought-provoking libretto and directs the piece with vigour and pace. La Bohème is brought to audiences by a hugely talented creative team along with a young, vibrant and outstanding cast of performers.

Publicity Image. Pamela Hay and Nick Dwyer. (Smaller)

OperaUpClose exists to produce high quality productions. They aim to open up what opera can be, by producing opera for everyone, with compelling storytelling and high production values and by being innovative, professional and ambitious. They are an associate company of Soho Theatre and tour their operas nationally and internationally to great acclaim.

Tickets priced £27 are available from The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 and

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