Evita to be staged at the Artscape

Pictured is, Jonathan Roxmouth as Chè in Evita.

Booking has opened for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s seven-time Tony Award-winning musical Evita, which will be staged at the Artscape Opera House from Friday December 1 to January 7.

Presented in South Africa by Pieter Toerien and David Ian, the cast is led by Emma Kingston who hails from the UK and who was personally selected by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and Hal Prince to play the role of Eva Perón.

Kingston stars opposite South Africa’s multiple award-winning musical theatre actor Jonathan Roxmouth who will make a return to the stage as Ché.

The show will be choreographed by the original West End and Broadway choreographer Larry Fuller and designed by the original designer Timothy O’Brien.

Evita charts the rags-to-riches rise of the First Lady of Argentina, who won the love of her countrymen after marrying military leader-turned-president Juan Peròn.

Set in Buenos Aires between 1934 and 1952, the musical follows Eva Duarte Peron on her passionate and tragic journey from humble beginnings as a fatherless child and ambitious actress, to becoming the most powerful woman in Latin America who eventually took on a saint-like status after her death from cancer at the age of 33.

Evita features some of the best loved songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and On This Night of a Thousand Stars. Tickets cost from R100 to R485. Book at Computicket or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695.