About the show
See Fellini’s masterpiece La Strada transformed for the stage at The Other Palace.
Acclaimed director Sally Cookson’s staging of Federico Fellini’s iconic film La Strada makes its London debut at The Other Palace. The award-winning film premiered in 1957. It is a masterwork of modern cinema. It follows the changing fortunes of three lost souls wandering the Italian countryside in search of the one thing that will make their lives make sense.
The wide-eyed Gelsomina is born into poverty and sold to the circus strongman Zampano. On their trip across Italy, the pair also meet Il Matto, a tightrope walker who tries to reignite Gelsomina’s spirit.
Benji Bower provides the music for La Strada, which is a visually stunning and inventive new piece of theatre. This is no surprise given that in recent years Cookson has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative modern directors. Her adaptations of Jane Eyre and Peter Pan both transferred to the National Theatre, while Hetty Feather secured a West End transfer and an Olivier nomination.
Audrey Brisson plays Gelsomina. She previously performed with the acclaimed Kneehigh Theatre in The Flying Lovers Of Vitebsk and Dead Dog In A Suitcase. Stuart Goodwin and Bart Soroczynski join her in the production.
La Strada premiered at the Belgrave Theatre in Coventry in February 2017. It then completed a national tour before heading to London. The Guardian gives it four stars and call the show “charming, witty and inventive”. The Times also says it is “wonderful… it’s a marvel”.
La Strada runs at The Other Palace from 30 May – 8 July 2017.