OperaUpClose and Soho Theatre’s La Bohème has made its way from humble pub theatre beginnings to win the most prestigious of theatre awards.
La Bohème faced competition from fellow category nominees Elegy For Young Lovers, A Dog’s Heart and Adriana Lecouvreur, but triumphed to win the award for Best New Opera Production.
The creative team behind La Bohème accepted the award, saying: “If you’d told us last year we’d be in this room, we wouldn’t have believed you. To go from a pub theatre to winning this award, I’m speechless."
Beginning life at the Cock Tavern Theatre, Robin Norton-Hale’s very modern take on Puccini’s famous opera enjoyed a six month sell-out run before transferring to the Soho Theatre as the venue made its operatic debut.
Telling the story of a group of young bohemians enjoying love, excess and passion, the story was transformed to modern day Soho with a cast of young singers playing the tragic leads.
Mixing the conventional with a radical new take on opera, La Bohème took over the theatre’s bar for an immersive second act, placing audience members right in the heart of the action.