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Evita to reopen refurbished Dominion Theatre

Marti Pellow as Che and Madalena Alberto as Eva. Photo credit: Keith Pattison.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TIM Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita is returning to London’s West End, to the newly refurbished Dominion Theatre, for a strictly limited season – from September 22 (previews from September 16) to November 1, 2014.

Considered by many to be Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s masterwork, Evita stars musical theatre and pop icon Marti Pellow as Che, and talented newcomer Madalena Alberto in the title role.

With more than 20 major awards to its credit, and the Oscar-winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, Evita features some of the most memorable and best loved songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, You Must Love Me, and Another Suitcase in Another Hall.

Evita charts the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’.

Marti Pellow, one of music’s most respected artists, plays Che, a character who reflects the voice of the Argentine people – linked to Eva by destiny, he brings conflict to the story of her rise to fame.

For over 30 years, Marti Pellow has enjoyed global success as the lead singer of Wet Wet Wet, as a solo artist, and now as one of the UK’s most acclaimed and respected leading men of musical theatre. His starring roles include The Witches of Eastwick, Chess, Jekyll & Hyde, Chicago and Blood Brothers.

As a solo-singer, recording artist and with Wet Wet Wet, Marti Pellow has enjoyed virtually unrivalled chart success, with over 25 hits and three of the UK’s biggest number one singles, including the seminal Love Is All Around. In 2013, after 20 years apart, Wet Wet Wet reunited for a sell-out arena tour.

Madalena Alberto’s musical theatre credits include the title role in Piaf at the Curve Theatre and Fantine in the 25th Anniversary production of Les Misérables. Her other roles include Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde, Carmen Diaz in Fame, Sam in Over the Threshold and Sonia in Godspell. The Portuguese singer-songwriter’s first album Don’t Cry For Me will be released to coincide with the opening of Evita at the Dominion Theatre.

Evita is presented by Bill Kenwright by special arrangement with the Really Useful Group.

Tickets: £25 – £65; Under 16s, £10 off top three prices from Monday to Thursday and at Saturday matinees. To book, call 0845 200 7982 or visit www.dominiontheatre.com/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm, Thursday and Saturday at 3pm, Monday, September 22 (Press Night) at 7pm.

Also at the Dominion Theatre: the 2014 West End Heroes gala concert (Sunday, September 28).