lyrics by TIM RICE | music by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
From a life of poverty to spiritual leader of the nation, Eva Peron was loved, hated, derided and venerated.
Dividing the Argentinian people with her patriotic speeches, her ambition, glamour and magnetism established ‘Evita’ as the world’s first major political celebrity.
With a chart-topping score including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Oh What A Circus, Another Suitcase in Another Hall, and the Oscar-winning You Must Love Me, Jamie Lloyd directs Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical.
Samantha Pauly, Ektor Rivera and Trent Saunders are appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.
Production photos by Marc Brenner
TICKET UPDATE: You can now buy tickets for spaces on our grass banks in advance for £25.
Spaces are unallocated & when considering what to wear/bring with you, remember you will be sitting on grass which may not be dry! You can book grass banks here.
Latecomers will not be admitted until the interval. Also, should it become necessary for you to leave the auditorium once the show has started, re-admittance is not permitted during the performance. However, the production can be viewed on a television monitor in the bar area.
Part 1 = 55mins | Interval = 20mins | Part 2 = 55mins.
A Captioned Performance will take place on 6 September, and an Audio Described performance (with Touch Tour) at the matinee on 7 September. More information
This production includes flashing lights, strobe, loud bangs, CO2 jets, fire and theatrical smoke. Paper effects used during the production are biodegradable. More Information about our Environmental Policy
Guidelines for Parents and Teachers
As a sung-through musical with a playing time of approximately 2hr 25mins, Evita is likely to be most suitable for secondary school age and over. Further information and synopsis can be found by searching online for ‘Evita’.
It remains the responsibility of the parent/guardian in advance of purchase to make their own judgement as to the suitability of the show for their child, but in any event, children under the age of 4 will not be admitted to the venue..
More Information about bringing children to the Open Air Theatre
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"REVELATORY...a new production from Jamie Lloyd that demands our attention. Evita's legacy has been re-evaluated. But so, too, has Lloyd Webber's."
"THRILLING...sexy, full-bloodied and furious. Heart-stoppingly exciting and evisceratingly relevant."
"PARED-DOWN, MUSCULAR, EXPRESSIVE and EXPLOSIVE"
The production’s beating heart is American actress Samantha Pauly, who possesses a beguiling blend of butter-wouldn’t-melt charm and sensual guile, a pristine voice with a steel edge, and more than a touch of star quality."
"Jamie Lloyd’s stripped-down, super-sleek, contemporary take excavates the biting satire and locates the furious spirit of Eva Perón – portrayed, with unusually convincing youth and fire, by the electrifying American actress Samantha Pauly...matched by Trent Saunders’ excellent Che whose intensely physical performance is a striking contrast to Eva’s laser-like focus"
“Outstanding dancing, coupled with wonderful singing, proficient musicianship and quite possibly the most pyrotechnics we’ve ever seen grace this stage.
This is a smart, timely revival of Evita, which reflects the political sphere we currently inhabit.”
"The music is immaculately played. Alan Williams's orchestra is one of the stars of the evening"
“One of the most intelligent and creative musicals I have seen. This production is raw and exposed in both its direction, choreography and design. From Fabian Aloise's choreography and Jamie Lloyd’s direction to Soutra Gilmour’s costume and set design, every aspect married perfectly."
Jamie Lloyd's Evita dazzles with an interpretation that is stylistically groundbreaking. Together, Soutra Gilmour (design), Jon Clark(lighting) and Nick Lidster (sound) have created an immersive experience that is UTTERLY SUBLIME. Created by visionaries, and powered by a cast of uninhibited talent - who could ask for more?"
“Jamie Lloyd’s radical staging strips away all the glamour and passion that characterised Hal Prince's original version. What he is left with is the hard sinew and bone of Andrew Lloyd Webber's full-blooded music – arguably his best score – and Tim Rice's sharp, politically astute lyrics.”
“Forget everything you know about ‘Evita’: this one properly rocks. A pumping, sped-up Evita, edged with dirt, rust and grime”
“The honey-voiced Samantha Pauly is an Evita for the social media age: very modern, thoroughly calculating and scarily precocious."
"Jamie Lloyd and Soutra Gilmour never disappoint because they always push the boat out and here again they have dusted off a show which is now 41 years old and re-invented it for a young audience. VIVA EVITA!"”
Mail on Sunday
"Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s best creation - an ever-relevant brew of ROCK, POLITICS and POPULISM.
"As nakedly ambitious Eva, Samantha Pauly delivers a star-making performance, sparking off Trent Saunders’ cynical Che"
- Director – Jamie Lloyd
- Designer – Soutra Gilmour
- Choreographer – Fabian Aloise
- Musical Supervisor – Alan Williams
- Lighting Designer – Jon Clark
- Sound Designer – Nick Lidster for Autograph
- Season Associate Director (Voice & Text)
– Barbara Houseman
- Fight Director – Kate Waters
- Casting Director – Will Burton CDG for DGA
- Casting Director (USA) – Tara Rubin Casting: Merri Sugarman, CSA.
- Casting Director (children) – Adelle Moss
- Eva Perón – Samantha Pauly*
- Che – Trent Saunders
- Juan Perón – Ektor Rivera
- Augustín Magaldi – Adam Pearce
- The Mistress – Frances Mayli McCann
- Ensemble – Alexander Barria
- Ensemble – Felipe Bejarano
- Ensemble – Alex Cardall
- Ensemble – Russell Dickson
- Ensemble – Lauren Drew
- Ensemble – Hannah Fairclough
- Ensemble – Chris Fung
- Ensemble – Chlöe Hart
- Ensemble – Travis Kerry
- Ensemble – Jessica Lee
- Ensemble – Mireia Mambo
- Ensemble – Dale Mathurin
- Ensemble – Peter Nash
- Ensemble – Sarah Naudi
- Ensemble – Bree Smith
- Ensemble – Marsha Songcome
- Ensemble – Monica Swayne
- Ensemble – Oliver Tester
- Ensemble – Amy Thornton
- Ensemble – Jon Tsouras
- Ensemble – Rodney Vubya
- Children – Saffia Layla, Ava Masters, Chanai Owusu-Ansah, Ellicia Simondwood