York opera group back with Evita

The York Light Opera cast rehearsing for Evita. Pictutre: Tom Jackson
The York Light Opera cast rehearsing for Evita. Pictutre: Tom Jackson

York Light Opera Company will be celebrating its return to the York Theatre Royal stage this month (February) with a production of one of the most famous musicals of modern times - Evita.

The Tim Rice/ Andrew Lloyd-Webber classic, which features songs such as Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and Oh! What a Circus, tells the based-on-true-life story of Eva Peron’s rags-to-riches life as she goes from poor provincial child to First Lady of Argentina.

A champion of working class descamisados (otherwise known as ‘the shirtless’), she uses popularity and politics to serve her people – and herself.

This show of people, power and politics will be on the Theatre Royal's main stage from February 9-19.

The production has double cast the main roles. “It’s a fully sung show and double casting provides each team with sufficient rest - the main character parts are huge and it would be a colossal ‘ask’ of any understudy to learn and have to perform those roles without significant rehearsal,” explained a York Light spokesperson.

Alexa Chaplin and Emma-Louise Dickinson share the role of Eva Peron; Dale Vaughan and Jonny Holbek play Che; Juan Peron is played by John Hall and Neil Wood; Dave Copley-Martin and Richard Weatherill are Agustin Maglidi; and Fiona Phillips and Hannah Witcomb play Peron’s Mistress.

Evita, York Theatre Royal, February 9-19. Performances 7.30 in the evening (not Sunday) with matinees at 2.30pm on Saturday. Tickets from £15 from the box office on 01904 623568 or at yorktheatreroyal.co.uk