From slum to Sainthood at MK Theatre

Evita: At MK Theatre from Monday
Evita: At MK Theatre from Monday

Some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre will be rousing audiences at Milton Keynes Theatre from Monday when Evita opens.

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece brings to life the dynamic persona of Eva Peron, the wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, chronicling her meteoric rise from the slums to sainthood.

The journey from humble beginnings to extraordinary wealth, power and status is told through some of the most famous and inspiring stage music ever written, including the classics Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars and You Must Love Me.

As one of the most charismatic figures of the twentieth century, the story of the legendary First Lady sees her seducing a nation – heralded as a ‘spiritual leader’ by the Argentine people.

The character is a champion for the poor whose ambition means she gains great power, but ultimately her greed and fragile health makes this a tragic tale.

The dramatic musical has received more than 20 major awards and inspired the Oscar-winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas.West End star and multi-platinum selling artist Marti Pellow will take on the role of Che – the narrator – who reflects the voice of the Argentine people.

Introducing the audience to a 15-year-old Eva, Che analyses her decisions and behaviour, bringing conflict to the story of her rise to fame.

Che is one of musical theatre’s most coveted roles and Marti’s previous West End experience (‘The witches of Eastwick’, ‘Chess’, ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, ‘Chicago’, ‘Blood Brothers’) will stand him in good stead for the monumental show.

The smash-hit production runs until Saturday June 1 - call the Box Office on 0844 871 7652 or visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes