ONE of the world's most popular operas, Puccini's La Bohème, is due to grace The Hexagon stage in Reading on Sunday.
The touring production, produced by the renowned Ellen Kent, features a luscious set by celebrated
Ukrainian designer Nadezhda Shvets, and added touches, including a snow machine, to bring the tragic Bohemian romance between the doomed, consumptive Mimi and a penniless writer to life.
Ellen explained that the creation of the production in the freezing Ukraine had added something special to the performance:
"I went to the Ukraine back in January to direct the Bohème, in -25C! We were sliding over the icy park to the theatre. It was exciting in a way. It was quite interesting because they are not great ones for putting up the heating, so we were freezing, and of course in the opening scene in La Bohème, the characters are freezing! I said, 'this is good stuff, it's very good for the old acting'. Not good for the singing but good for the acting!"
Tickets cost £27.50-£32.50 from www.readingarts.com or call 0118 960 6060.