Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is an epic love story set on the Greek island of Cephalonia. It follows the lives of Dr Iannis, his beautiful, strong-willed daughter Pelagia and the Italian Captain Antonio Corelli, during the Italian and German occupation of the island in World War II. For Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernières won the 1995 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize – Overall Winner for Best Book, the 1995 Lannan Literary Award for Fiction and the 1994 Sunday Express Book of the Year. In 2001, the novel was adapted into a film starring Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz.
This first major stage production of Louis de Bernières’ best-selling novel stars Alex Mugnaioni as Captain Antonio Corelli, Madison Clare as Pelagia, Joseph Long as Dr Iannis, Ryan Donaldson as Carlo, Ashley Gayle as Mandras and Fred Fergus as Francesco. Completing the cast are Graeme Dalling as Soldier, Eliot Giuralarocca as Priest, Luisa Guerreiro as Goat, Kezrena James as Lemoni, Eve Polycarpou as Drosoula, John Sandeman as Soldier, Stewart Scudamore as Velisarios, Kate Spencer as Günter and Elizabeth Mary Williams as Psipsina.
Author Louis de Bernières said of the transfer, “I am delighted that this production is moving to the West End. The play is faithful to my story, movingly told, and the direction and acting are superb. It deserves a long run.”
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is directed by Olivier and Tony Award nominee Melly Still and has been adapted by Evening Standard Award-winner and Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominee Rona Munro. 2019 marks 25 years since the book was first published.
Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN from 4 July – 31 August. Times: Monday – Saturday 7.30pm; Matinees – Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm. Admission: £15 – £80. Phone: 0844 871 7622.
Phots: Marc Brenner