Penniless writer Robin struggles to monetise his writing but a hookup with a Liberty perfume salesman - known to his friends as Mimi - leads to unexpected blossoming of romantic passion.
Meanwhile Robin's flatmate, Marcus pursues an on/off relationship with sometime model Marissa who is torn between the idealism of loving an artist and the financial security of a banker.
As a year passes from one Christmas to the next, the four friends struggle to reconcile love with artistic aspiration and the need to pay the bills.
Puccini's story has been constantly reinvented since its premiere in 1896 most notably with the Broadway musical Rent. A previous production for Opera Up Close enjoyed a successful run at the King’s Head Theatre, and received an Olivier award. Subsequently in 2018 another incarnation of La Boheme from the King’s Head Theatre West End season was nominated for Best New Opera at the Oliviers.
CAST & CREATIVES
Robin Daniel Koek
Mimi Philip Lee
Marcus Matthew Kellett
Marissa Grace Nyandoro
Score Giacomo Puccini
Original Concept Adam Spreadbury-Maher & David Eaton
New English Libretto Philip Lee & David Eaton
Director Mark Ravenhill
Musical Director David Eaton
Associate Director Izzy Edwards
Trainee Director Ella Murdoch
Assistant Director Anders Waller
Production Manager/Designer Kit Hinchcliffe
Lighting Advisor Joe Underwood
Costume Supervisor Simon Fraser
Stage Manager Paris Wu
Associate Producer Jessie Anand
Produced by King's Head Theatre and Making Productions