King's Head Theatre · 07 FEB - 09 MAR

A brand new English version of Bizet’s greatest opera


The Olivier Award nominated producers of La Traviata, La bohème and Tosca present a vivid, compelling and devastatingly powerful take on Georges Bizet’s masterpiece. Carmen works minimum wage jobs on the frontline of Britain’s crumbling service industry. Jose falls madly in love with her after a brief fling. As his passion morphs into something uglier, and far more troubling, Carmen realises she might have made a fatal mistake… Sung in English, and blending stark emotional realism with some of the world’s most beloved music, this highly original new production examines toxic relationships in a society on the brink of collapse.

Critic reviews

This show really is an ideal introduction to the art form, one that punctures just about every prejudice anyone holds about it. See for yourself!

Broadway World

Punchy new version of Bizet’s Spanish tragedy transferred to zero-hours Britain, where love is poisoned by poverty

The Stage

It's Carmen but not as we know it... cutting grand opera down to size while holding onto the heart of the matter

Evening Standard

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 7 Feb - Sat 9 Mar, 3.30pm & 7pm


King's Head Theatre
115 Upper St Islington N1 1QN London, UK · Get Directions
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