Carmen 1808

A New Musical Theatre Adaptation

  • Music by Georges Bizet
  • Arranged by Teddy Clements
  • Book and lyrics by Phil Willmott
  • Adapted from the libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
  • Based on a novella by Prosper Mérimée
Book Tickets
Carmen Artwork


  • Dates 7th February - 10th March 2018
  • Times Tuesday to Saturday @ 7.30pm
    Saturday & Sunday @ 2.30pm


  • Full Price £22.50
  • Concessions £20
  • Under 18 £15

  • Season Ticket
    Contact the venue to see all three productions for just £50


This original musical will adapt the plot, score and characters of Bizet’s opera Carmen to tell a new love story set amidst events in Francesco Goya’s paintings of the Dos de Mayo Uprising in 1808.

Gypsy freedom-fighter, Carmen, is adept at seducing low-ranking enemy soldiers to learn military secrets during Napoleon’s invasion of Spain and relaying them to the student resistance. She takes great pride in never falling in love herself but as she attempts to trick an officer, revolution, treachery and violence grip the city and they are plunged into a passionate, destructive romance.

Set against a back drop of Spain’s Peninsular War with the French this Carmen is a celebration of revolutionary fervour, rebellion on the Spanish streets and the spirit of those who fight for independence.

The deeply troubled painter Francesco Goya, battling black depression and the loss of his hearing, wanders amidst student rebels, gypsy resistance fighters, invaders and deserters - and the events which so dramatically skewered his view of Madrid

Cast and Creatives


Carmen (A Gypsy Spy)
Rachel Lea-Gray

Captain Velarde
Maximilian Marston

Francisco Goya (A Painter)
Alexander Barria

Amalia (A Street Girl and Carmen's Friend)
Ellie Ann Lowe

Javier Rizal (Leader of the Resistance)
Blair Gibson

Josephina (A young Noblewoman)
Charlotte Haines

Corporal Luis
Thomas Mitchells

Manuela (A Cigarette Girl and Carmen's friend)
Jodie Beth Meyer

Factory Workers, Gypsies, Street Walkers, Soldiers & The French -

Mateo - Chris Britton
Maria - Bronia Pearce
Isabella - Jasmine Bradford
Carlos- Harry Powell
Sofia - Samantha Richards
Constanza - Kerry Way
SalvadorPantelakis Christou
Fernando- Brett Sinclair
Vicente - Jack Malin


Phil Willmott

Adam Haigh

Musical Director
Teddy Clements

Set Design
Justin Williams & Jonny Rust

Costume Design
Penn O’Gara

Lighting Design
Ben Jacobs

Sound Design
Theo Holloway

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