Review: Evita at the Regent Theatre, Hanley


Hanley’s Regent Theatre plays host to Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit musical Evita.

This award winning show recounts the story of Eva Perón, wife of Argentinian dictator Juan Perón, from her early life struggles through her rise to power and untimely death.

The audience is swept away to 1940’s Argentina as aspiring actress Eva moves from her poverty-stricken life in Junín to seek stardom in Buenos Aires.

She quickly rises to fame and after marrying President Juan Perón becomes a political figure and is known to the public as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’.

Played by one of West End’s leading ladies Emma Hatton, former Elphaba Thropp from the musical Wicked, Eva Perón is brought spectacularly to life.

Hatton can’t be faulted as she commands the stage, with her rendition of ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ prompting a silent awe to spread across the audience.

Italian actor and co-star Gian Marco Schiaretti plays narrator Che who is a character reflecting the voice of the Argentinian people.

Schiaretti, who most recently played Tarzan in the Disney musical, complements Hatton perfectly with his darker and more probing view of the beloved First Lady and her journey to power.

He is almost always present on stage and the Italian actor quickly became the crowd favourite with his witty remarks and sometimes crude jokes.

A few other famous faces join this all-star cast, such as Kevin Stephen-Jones from the show Cats and Sarah O’Connor who has been part of  West End’s Les Miserables and Mamma Mia.

The Regent Theatre stage has been transformed into 1940’s Argentina, with the ever changing set bringing life and colour to each scene.

The choreography was equally impressive, with the large cast never missing a step as they twirled, curtsied and marched through the life and death of Evita Perón.

The opening night was a huge success and the show ended with a well-deserved standing ovation.

Evita is a must-see and will be showing at the Regent Theatre until Saturday, 4 February.

Tickets can be purchased on their website.


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