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St Martins Lane, London WC2N 4ES

La Boheme

Closed February 27, 2022

One of the best Bohemes to be heard in London

The Guardian

Why See La Boheme?

Classical & Opera

Can love eclipse death?

Jonathan Miller's powerful revival of Puccini's romantic tragedy has already been hailed by critics as a modern classic since premiering in 2009. The action takes place in the pre-WW2 era of 1930's bohemian Paris where the romance between a penniless poet and a seamstress gives Puccini full rein to unleash his most glorious music upon the audience.

Miller's staging is inspired by Brassai's evocative photographs of the Paris Left Bank in the 1930s, with the bohemian setting modernised the to reflect the stark poverty of the day - Miller even cited film "Withnail and I" as his inspiration for the stark sets.


An opera in four parts, La Boheme is a tragic love-story that follows two young couples as they traverse love's stormy seas. Rodolfo, a poet, shares a garret with his Bohemian friends: Marcello, a painter, Colline, a philosopher and Schaunard, a musician. They scrape along working odd jobs, jovially making fun of their poverty while they pursue their dreams.

By chance, Rodolfo meets and falls in love with the fragile Mimi. After some months, Rodolfo claims his lover's fickleness as reason for their relationship woes, yet when pushed, he breaks down and admits his concern over her health and his inability to take care of her financially. Be sure to pack tissues as there is nary a dry eye in the house at the denouement of this sorrowful tale.

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Opening night: 31 January 2022


Sung in English with titles projected above the stage

Run time

Two hours and 15 minutes including one 15-minute interval


You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.

Cast and Creative


Angel Blue - Mimi

David Butt Philip - Rodolfo

George von Bergen - Marcello

Andrew Shore - Benoit and Alcindoro


Conducted by Gianluca Marciano

Directed by Jonathan Miller

Revival Direction by Natascha Metherell

Design by Isabella Bywater

Lighting Design by Jean Kalman

Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica after Henri Murger

Translated by Amanda Holden

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1 reviews, average rating: (5.0 Stars)

5.0 star rating

Marianne Lloyd: “La Boheme”

This revival of the much loved La Boheme is definitely different, fresher.... more

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