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Opera + Queer Work


Puccini's sweeping operatic thriller revisioned for a modern audience, set in a London gay club

'Dramatic powerful score... Gripping' The Stage


Originally set in 19th century Italy, this re-imagined production of Tosca set in a cabaret club in Soho strips away the pomp, ritual & grandeur of Rome, leaving the audience face-to-face with assault, murder, torture and a power hungry criminal determined to destroy two innocent lives.

This LGBT version of Tosca centres around a gay couple who become embroiled in a dangerous rival gang war. The gendered power dynamics of the original production on its head, exploring and provoking an audience to engage with their views on gender violence. 

The cast brings a unique energy and emotion to their roles, showcasing their vocal and theatrical abilities in an unforgettable performance. 

Join us as we challenge the traditional gender roles of opera and shine a light on the pervasive issue of gender violence in our society.


'The company proves that a gay Tosca works★★★★ Opera Magazine


Tosca | Calvin Wells
Mario Cavaradossi | Robert Felstead (29 Apr; 7 & 27 May), Thomas Wood (14, 20, 21 May) 
Scarpia | Alistair Sutherland
Spoletta | Andrew Woodmansey, (29 Apr; 7, 14, 20, 21 May), Alexander White (27 May)
Angelotti | Adam Brown (29 Apr, 7, 12, 20, 21 May); Thomas Wood (27 May) 
Sciarrone | Adam Brown (29 Apr, 7, 12, 20, 21 May); Jon Openshaw (27 May) 
Sacristano, Jailer | Jon Openshaw
Shepherd Boy | Katherine Cooper (7, 14 & 27 May), Alexander White (29 Apr, 20, 21 May) 
Chorus | Adam Brown, Alexander White

Production Company | Carmina Priapea
Stage Manager | Alex Jaouen

Emerging theatre company Carmina Priapea is delighted to be returning to King’s Head Theatre to present Tosca after their successful re-imagining of Puccini's Trittico earlier this year.

Ticket Price

£10 - £17.50


29 Apr → 27 May (Selected Saturdays & Sundays)


King's Head Theatre



Duration | 175 mins approx, with 2 intervals.
Content Warning | Violence, sexual aggression, depictions of drug use.
Age Guidance | 16+ 

Please note this production is in Italian, see digital programme with subtitles here.


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