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Evita is an iconic West End musical about the life of former Argentinean first lady Eva Peron, with music by Andrew Lloyd Weber and lyrics and book by Tim Rice. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the Barbican Theatre have announced that the musical will transfer to the Barbican Theatre for a limited summer run of 8 weeks from Saturday 27 June to Saturday 22 August 2020. The production is directed and reinvented by Jamie Lloyd, who is joined by the full Creative team from the shows Regent’s Park sell-out production. Evita was seen by over 75,000 people at the Open Air theatre following its overwhelming sell-out success in 2019, where it became the theatre’s highest grossing production ever. Jamie Lloyd is joined by the full Creative Team from the Regent’s Park production.
Evita follows the story of Eva Peron, the second wife of Argentinean president Juan Peron. From a life of poverty to the First Lady of Argentina, Eva Peron was hailed as the spiritual leader of the nation. Seen as the champion of the poor, her ambition, power and glamour made her the world’s first major political celebrity, winning the adoration of the people.
Evita features a chart-topping musical score including songs such as Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, Oh What a Circus, Another Suitcase in Another Hall, and the Oscar Winning You Must Love Me. The musical was adapted into a film in 1996, starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas. The musical first opened in the West End in London 1978 and opened on Broadway in America the following year. It has won the Tony Award and Laurence Oliver Award for Best Musical.
Exclusive Evita presale tickets are available from Wednesday 30 October 2019 from 10:00. General Evita tickets are available from 1 November at 10:00 - don't miss out!
Evita Cast & Creative
The cast for the 2020 production in the Barbican is yet to be announced.
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Jamie Lloyd
Designer: Soutra Gilmour
Choreographer: Fabian Aloise
Musical Supervisor: Alan Williams
Lighting Designer: Jon Clark
Sound Designer: Nick Lidster for Autograph
Fight Director: Kate Waters
Casting Director: Will Burton CDG for DGA
Evita is produced by William Village and Timothy Sheader for Regent's Park Theatre Ltd by special arrangement with The Really Useful Group Limited.
Where is Evita playing?
Evita is showing in the Barbican Theatre in London, with an address of the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS, UK.
When is Evita playing in London?
Evita is running for a limited 8 week run, starting from 27 June onwards and ending on 22 August 2020. Performances are on every evening from Monday to Saturday each week at 19:45. There is an additional matinee show each Thursday and Saturday at 14:15.There are no performances on Sundays and there is no matinee show on Saturday 27 June 2020.
How long is the Show?
Evita has a running time of 2 hours 10 mins, including an interval.
Are there age restrictions for Evita the musical?
The show is not recommended for children under the age of 10.
Are accessible tickets available?
Accessible seating is available. Please contact the Barbican box office for details on 020 7638 8891 or on their website. There is a captioned performance on Tuesday 4 August 2020, along with an audio-described and touch tour on Tuesday 11 August 2020. To find out more about accessible tickets, check out our Accessibility Help Page.
Please note that this production includes flashing lights, strobe lights, loud bangs, CO2 jets, fire, balloons and theatrical smoke. Paper effects used during the production are biodegradable. For more information, please visit the Evita Musical website.
“Muscular, expressive and explosive” (Evening Standard)
“Following a triumphant resurrection of Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre works its magic on another of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1970s rock operas.” (The i)
“Mischievously subversive” (Daily Express)
“A production that’s bold, punchy and demands attention” (City AM)
“Jamie Lloyd’s radical staging strips away all the glamour; what he is left with is the hard sinew and bone of Andrew Lloyd Webber's full-blooded music – arguably his best score – and Tim Rice's sharp, politically astute lyrics.” (WhatsOnStage)
“Fabian Aloise's choreography gives us knife-sharp tangos and punchy athleticism. Stunning” (Daily Telegraph)
“A diva dictator for 2019. Jamie Lloyd’s innovative, stripped-down, super-sleek, contemporary take excavates the biting satire and locates the furious spirit of Eva Perón” (The Arts Desk)
“Radical. A smart, timely revival of Evita, which reflects the political sphere we currently inhabit.” (Gay Times)