Isango Ensemble: La Boheme - Abanxaxhi

Venue: Main House

Dates: 11 May 2012 - 1 Jun 2012

Price(s): £ 10 - £ 34

Opening in Cape Town at the end of February 2012, this re-imagining of Puccini's classic is set in the townships of present-day South Africa. Featuring a magnificent score played by an orchestra of marimbas (which won huge acclaim when used in The Magic Flute) and steel pans together with the world-class voices and extraordinary acting talent of the Ensemble. Pauline Malefane (Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute) will sing Mimi.

On their previous visits to London, the Isango Ensemble have astounded audiences and critics alike with the quality and emotional power of their musical theatre work. They have played to sold out houses across the world and won numerous awards including the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival for The Magic Flute (Young Vic/West End 2008).

'The Isango Ensemble is unique. I believe no other theatre group in the world so successfully brings theatre classics into a modern, wholly African, expression' Sir Ian McKellen, Isango Ensemble Patron

Dates, Times and Prices

Showing in repertory with Isango Ensemble's The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - Izigwili Ezidlakazelayo and Aesop's Fables.

Performances: Fri 11 May 7.30pm, Thu 17 May 7.30pm, Sat 19 May 7pm, Tue 22 May 7.30pm, Fri 25 May 7.30pm, Sun 27 May 5pm, Tue 29 May 7.30pm, Thu 31 May 7.30pm & Fri 1 June 7.30pm.

Tickets: £34 / £32 / £24 / £20 / £10
Concessions: £2 off
Schools: £10 tickets (17, 22, 29 & 31 May only). 1 teacher free per 10 students paid.
Groups of 10+: £3 off (Sun-Thu and Wed/Sat mats, top three price bands only). Group organiser goes free (1 ticket).

Multibuy Offer: Buy a ticket for all three Isango Ensemble productions, or three musicals, and get £12 off; Buy a ticket for two and get £5 off (available on Reasons to be Cheerful, Soul Sister or any Isango Ensemble production).
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Running time: 2hr 20mins, including a 20-minute interval.

Presented by Hackney Empire and The Global Fund
in partnership with Isango Ensemble
Adapted and Directed by Mark Dornford-May
Music Directors: Pauline Malefane and Mandisi Dyantyis
Words by Peter Cann and Isango Ensemble

Image used from a previous Isango Production

The music sounds astonishing ... an impassioned expression of protest. ****
Michael Coveney, What's on Stage
I have been following Isango's work for more than ten years and can honestly say they are the most vibrant, thrilling and potent company working on any stage anywhere in the world. Watching their passion and sheer physical exuberance makes you feel happy to be alive.
Sean Mathias (theatre and film director)
The Isango Ensemble is unique. I believe no other theatre group in the world so successfully brings theatre classics into a modern, wholly African, expression.
Sir Ian McKellen, Isango Ensemble Patron

What's On



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La Bohème rehearsals

Audience reactions at the Globe

Audience reactions to La Boheme

Show clips

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