About the showFederico Fellini’s visually stunning 1957 film La Strada receives a mesmerising stage adaptation at the newly renamed The Other Palace, formerly the St James Theatre. Opening at the venue in May 2017, the circus extravaganza is based on the script and subject work by Fellini, Ennio Flaiano and Tullio Pinelli.
Heralded as one of cinema’s modern masterpieces, La Strada is the tale of a circus duo who perform at sideshows to earn a living, and the film won an Academy Award in 1957. The tale follows Gelsomina, an innocent girl who is sold to a travelling strongman, Zampano, by her penniless mother. Quickly, the story unravels as their journey takes them through the Italian countryside.
After many sideshow performances, a perilous road trip leads them to a ragtag travelling circus, where the unlikely duo meet Il Matto, a tightrope walker. Soon, Il Matto rekindles a spirit in Gelsomina that engulfs her in a new found confidence. In an enthralling new adaptation, La Strada features enchanting original music and a multi-talented cast.
Olivier Award-nominee Sally Cookson (Jane Eyre, Hetty Feather) directs La Strada, which features an original score by Benji Bower, as well as design by Katie Sykes, lighting design by Aideen Malone and sound design by Mike Beer.
La Strada is produced by Kenny Wax Ltd and opens at The Other Palace on May 30th, playing a limited season until July 8th 2017.
Who Should See It?Fans of fringe theatre and enchanting circus shows such as La Soiree will find a more substantial story here. It’s also an amazing chance to see the classic film on stage.
La Strada is recommended for those aged 12 and up.