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La bohème
Opera + LGBT

La bohème

A contemporary re-invention of Puccini's La bohème

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.


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

Ticket Price

£10 - £34.50


26th April - 28th May



"a captivating evening that lets the audience savour Puccini's glorious music in a witty and thoughtful reimagining" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐     London Living Large

"a stunning retelling of a timeless tale and is a beautiful example of how to introduce a modern audience into the world of Opera" ⭐⭐⭐⭐     London Theatre Reviews

"A show like this is not within my comfort zone but if there is a lesson to be learnt here it’s that we need to explore beyond our comforts more often" ⭐⭐⭐⭐     London Pub Theatres

"It’s a smart, genuinely hilarious and fascinating update to the story"      Reviews Hub


The Humble Grape is partnering with the King's Head Theatre for a premium 3 course dinner and show package. Located on Theberton Street just a 2 minute walk from the Kings Head Theatre, you can enjoy a delicious three-course meal and a glass of bubbles before or after watching the enchanting new production of La Bohème for just £30 per person.

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