Preview: Evita, Edinburgh Playhouse

West End stars Emma Hatton and Gian Marco Schiaretti will lead the cast of the latest UK tour of Evita, which opens at the Edinburgh Playhouse tonight (8 Feb).

The musical tells the story of Eva Peron, the wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, and her remarkable journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status. The Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical features a host of iconic songs including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Another Suitcase in Another Hall and You Must Love Me. The popular film-adaption of the production, which starred Madonna and Antonio Banderas, has won more than 20 awards including the Academy Award for Best Original Song (You Must Love Me) in 1997.

Leading lady Emma Hatton has recently completed a run as Elphaba in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London’s West End, whilst Italian performer Schiaretti played the title role of Tarzan in Disney’s production in Stuttgart. He will make his UK theatre debut in Evita as Che, a character which represents the voice of the Argentinian people.

Evita was last performed at the Edinburgh Playhouse in 2014, starring Wet Wet Wet star Marti Pellow as Che and Madalena Alberto as Evita.

Evita, The Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Edinburgh, Wednesday 8 February – Saturday 11 February, 7.30pm (matinee performances on selected dates), £21.40 – £52.40, 0844-871-3014.

Words: Amy Anderson

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