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, glamour and power made her the world’s first major political celebrity, winning the adoration of the people.
With a chart-topping score including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Oh What A Circus, You Must Love Me, and Another Suitcase in Another Hall - and having “redefined Jesus Christ Superstar for a whole new generation of theatregoers” (WhatsOnStage.com) - Regent's Park Open Air Theatre presents Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical, Evita.
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This highly anticipated production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s classic musical is at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, a favourite summertime venue for London theatregoers. Experience the drama of this seminal masterpiece in the equally dramatic outdoor amphitheatre, perfectly suited for a ballad with the gravitas of “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.”
“Evita” recounts the tragedy of the short but epic life of Argentine First Lady Eva Perón and her ambitious rise to fame and power. As narrated by Che – a character loosely based on notorious Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara – the story follows Eva from age 15, young but already hungry for stardom and status. As she rises through the bureaucratic and social ranks – buoying her husband’s career all the way to his Presidency – emotional and political turmoil mounts as the stakes get higher and higher. Eventually, her contentious life culminates in a contentious death, memorialising Evita within the fabric of Argentina’s history.
What To Watch For
- The role of Eva on Broadway was infamously originated by musical theatre legend Patti Lupone, but she and Andrew Lloyd Webber had a notorious falling out when he fired her from the lead role of Norma Desmond in his later musical “Sunset Boulevard.”
- Although she was controversial, Eva Perón was also feminist AF. From her powerful position, she championed women’s suffrage in Argentina, and she established the country’s first large, all-female political party, the Female Peronist Party.
- In 1952, before dying from cancer at age 33, Eva was honored with the the commemorative title of “Spiritual Leader of the Nation” from the Argentine Congress.
- Before Lady Gaga, Eva Perón was stunning crowds with her ostentatious ensembles. Her designer clothing and jewelry are now on display at Museo Evita in Palermo, Buenos Aires.
Please Note: Children under the age of 4 will not be admitted to the theatre grounds