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Opera 24 and Darker Purpose Theatre Company

La Bohème

by Giacomo Puccini in a new English version by John Farndon

Directed by Lewis Reynolds

Following their acclaimed production of Così Fan Tutte in 2013 (“a great evening’s entertainment” – British Theatre Guide), Opera 24 return to Grimeborn in a collaboration with Darker Purpose Theatre Company.

Four young artists, intent on pursuing their dreams, are struggling to survive in a freezing attic. The writer Rodolfo falls deeply in love with their even poorer, beautiful neighbour Mimi. But when he discovers that she is stricken by a fatal illness, nothing can ever be the same again.

Against a backdrop of soaring rents and insecure employment, Lewis Reynolds‘ timely production relocates the story to 21st century London, with a witty contemporary libretto from best-selling writer John Farndon.

Heightening its intimacy with a brand new arrangement by John Jansson for 8-piece chamber orchestra, conductor Nick Fletcher brings out the rollicking comedy and ultimate tragedy of Puccini’s finely-wrought masterpiece.

World premiere

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Tuesday – Saturday evenings (not Thursday 6 August) at 7:30pm
£15 / £12 concessions

Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport

Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes approximately (including an interval).
In Studio 1, seating is allocated.


Leon Berger
Heather Caddick
Danae Eleni
Ian Helm
Cheyney Kent
Andrew McIntosh
James Scarlett


Giacomo Puccini in a new English version by John Farndon


Lewis Reynolds


Nick Fletcher


John Farndon


John Jansson


Bob Workman
Suitable for
24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
020 7503 1646

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