Evita, Wales Millennium Centre

August 31, 2018 by

Yes, this was my first Evita!

With the musical and the Oscar-winning Hollywood film with Madonna and Antonio Banderas as Che Guevara, millions of people have got to know the story of Eva Perón.

It is one of musical theatre’s most famous female roles, the wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Perón, from her rise to political power, her idolisation by the country’s workers to her early death.



This Ken Wright production of the Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice musical, here directed by Bob Tomson, rests or falls on the central character and  Lucy O’Byrne  plays the  part perfectly.

My favourite scene is undoubtedly the now iconic song Don’t Cry for me Argentina in Act Two which has become probably as well know as Eva herself!  We all have such wonderful songs as On This Night of a Thousand Stars, You Must Love Me, and Another Suitcase in Another Hall.

The singing of the iconic Don’t Cry for Me Argentina was breathtaking and chilling, the exquisite costume  stunning and O’Byrne sang beautifully.

This was a very entertaining show, with fantastic music, choreography and glorious costumes from this chic and elegant period for couture.

The costume design and hairstyles definitely caught the time period in which it was set, all due to costume designer Caroline Hannam and wigs supervisor Barbara Alderson-Byford.

The sound design, by Dan Samson, and lighting by Tim Oliver, seemed to really capture the emotions of the scenes with vibrant colours and the strong vocals of cast members such as Glenn Carter, Mike Sterling and Oscar Balmaseda.
I especially enjoyed the dance scenes including the aristocrats, these were Riva Grant, Bethan Jacks, Verity Burgess, Kirsty Whelan, Christina Hoey, Oscar Balmaseda, Samuel John-Humphrey’s and Chrissie Perkins.

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Wales Millennium Centre until September 1


Saan Safari is a New Voices critics supported by Wales Critics Fund



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