La Strada

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Federico Fellini’s La Strada (The Road) is one of the true masterpieces of modern cinema, winning an Academy Award in 1957. This visually stunning new stage adaptation, directed by Olivier Award nominee Sally Cookson (Jane Eyre, Hetty Feather), boasts a beautiful score by Benji Bower, with songs performed live on stage by a multi-talented cast.

The story of wide-eyed Gelsomina, who is sold by her penniless mother to Zampano, a travelling sideshow strongman, unfolds as they journey through the Italian countryside performing for their keep. Their perilous road trip leads them to a ragtag travelling circus where they meet Il Matto, the tightrope walker, who rekindles Gelsomina’s spirit with a new found confidence.

In this much-anticipated new stage production, Fellini’s profoundly impassioned and deeply involving story is sure to stimulate the senses, fire your emotions and stir the soul.

Duration: 2 hours with interval

Kenny Wax Ltd in association with Cambridge Arts Theatre & Bristol Old Vic present The Belgrade Theatre Coventry’s Production

Based on the subject and script work by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano and Tullio Pinelli

Director Sally Cookson
Writer in the Room Mike Akers
Composer Benji Bower
Set & Costume Designer Katie Sykes
Lighting Designer Aideen Malone
Sound Designer Mike Beer
Movement Director Cameron Carver
Casting Jill Green CDG

Wonderful. I’d pay good money to see Cookson adapt almost anything…. It’s a marvel.

Sally Cookson directs a fine ensemble in a witty and inventive high-wire production
with a modern edge.
★★★★ Guardian

A truly inspiring piece of theatre… Audrey Brisson is a delight...The arrival of Bart Soroczynski (as the fool) brings more magic and delightful choreography to the show
★★★★★ Sardines Magazine

A masterclass of stagecraft and theatrical ingenuity that moves effortlessly from one stunning visual to the next… A hauntingly beautiful piece of total theatre… Stunningly presented by the talented cast of actor-musicians
London Theatre

A truly creative and imaginative piece of theatre; bittersweet, poignant and melancholy
Broadway World

A remarkable and captivating piece of theatre; intelligent, engaging and unusual. Productions like this need to be supported, embraced and treasured
UK Theatre Network

Under Sally Cookson’s wonderful direction, La Strada is a beautiful, poetic piece, full of atmosphere and just a little touch of magic – catch it on tour before its London residency, where it’s bound to be a huge success.
★★★★ Female Arts

A brilliant and beautiful production
★★★★★ About Milton Keynes

Evocative and compelling entertainment… La Strada is pure theatrical magic
Bedfordshire on Sunday

A beautiful, mesmerising, poetic piece of theatre
★★★★ Reviews Hub

Beautifully told, in a way that does full justice to the genius of Fellini
★★★★ What's On Live

Lyrical, poetic and choreographically close to perfection
Leamington Courier

Like a Fellini film, it is beautifully shot, a visual treat
Stratford Herald

Enthralling with spectacular talent in music, acting and song. A truly mesmerising evening
★★★★★ Whats Good To Do

A feast for the eyes and food for thought
All in London


“Best show ever.”

“The MAGICAL wonder of theatre!!”

“Theatre goer for 50 years – this is up there with the best!!”

“Hauntingly beautiful.”

“What a gorgeous piece of theatre – a stunning, haunting moving dance-piece with words.  Loved the choreography and the superb performances.  A1.  Thank you.  Grazie mille.”

“A completely amazing show, on so many levels, extremely creative use of a multi-talented cast – on and off stage (the telegraph poles were extremely important!)  to tell the story and the use of the music/musicians added a very moving part to the whole.  Thank you La Strada cast & director.”

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Age guideline: 12+

Captioned performance: Wed

Post show talk: Wed

  • A beautiful, mesmerising, poetic piece of theatre
    Reviews Hub
  • Beautifully told, in a way that does full justice to the genius of Fellini.
    What's On Live
  • Lyrical, poetic and choreographically close to perfection'
    Leamington Courier
  • A witty and inventive high-wire production.

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