Reviewed by Deborah Goodliffe
Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme, performed by the Welsh National Opera and directed by David Pountney, was performed in Italian with subtitles in English. The orchestra was over 40 strong and the cast was approximately the same.
I cannot say how much my husband and I enjoyed this production it was simply breath-taking! At points, I would describe it as a wall of sound. Note perfect by every singer and the acting was amazing! Set in four acts with an interval after the first two I felt quite exhausted at the intermission as the emotional impact of the music was quite something! For an opera novice and someone who had seen three other productions at most this was about the best that you will see. My husband said that he thought you’d have to go to London to see something this good! The settings and costumes were so professional and there was not one mistake throughout the whole 2½ hours. An absolute pleasure to see and can totally recommend to all ages and walks of life.
We visited Milton Keynes Theatre to see this performance. We were able to park a five minute walk away from the theatre and was free to park during the evening. There is a multi-story next to the theatre and there is outdoor parking all around the Theatre District – parking was no problem at all.
The building is easily accessible into its main entrance. If you approach it from the back of the building as we did then it can be a little confusing where the entrance actually is. The building is modern and purpose built.
The toilets in all areas were clean and modern and had disabled and mother and baby facilities. These were located by most ‘theatre entrance doors’ on all floors. The building was clean with fresh modern decor.
Bar staff were friendly and asked us what we were seeing and engaged in conversation freely. There was a piano player in the lounge bar with comfortable leather sofas. There were three different bar areas and coffee was served at two of them.
The theatre itself was large and seated approximately 1000 people. There didn’t seem to be any viewing obstructions i.e. pillar anywhere. The decor is very neutral and the focus is all on the staging.
La Boheme by the Welsh National Opera was just thrilling.
La Boheme is at Milton Keynes Theatre from 22-23 March 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes or call the box office on 0844 8717652.
Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK9 3NZ