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Reading Rep Theatre’s Carmen – The Gypsy brings world class theatre to the small stage. Passionate and gritty, is Reading ready for Carmen?

Our incredible cast have worked on the West End and for the BBC, from the Globe to Nottingham Playhouse. And now they’re coming to Reading…

When the outside world thinks you’re scum, can you ever be free?

Set in the contemporary British traveller community, this poetic drama features forbidden love, original Gypsy folk songs and cage fighting. This is Carmen’s story, and she wants to break free. Free from a brutal husband and the shackles of tradition.

Never before has it been better to come and see theatre at Reading Rep. Carmen – The Gypsy is packed with drama, passion, poetry and music all performed by a talented cast who have worked with and for some of the countries most respected theatres and television companies.

Your two main characters, Carmen and Don José fly the flag for this creative crew.

The passionate central character of Carmen is played by the electrifying Candis Nergaard
Candis had her film debut alongside Tom Hardy in Stuart: A Life Backwards, and her forthcoming feature film credits include White Chamber (2018) and the lead role in The Heiress (2019). TV Credits include Grantchester, alongside James Norton, and Call the Midwife alongside Miranda Hart. Candis first appeared on stage in Patrick Marber’s Closer, and most recently at the National Theatre Studio.  She is an established radio actor and was nominated for Best Actress at the inaugural BBC Audio Drama Awards for Atchin Tan. She also works on the Peaky Blinders TV series as Romany language translator and advisor.

Don José, an undercover police officer who becomes infatuated by Carmen, is played by the enigmatic Adam Rojko Vega

Adam’s theatre credits include: Shebeen (Nottingham Playhouse & Theatre Royal Stratford East); What Flows Past The Baltic (Nottingham Playhouse); The Idiot (Fringe Theatre); Last Thursday Night (The Embassy Theatre); Shakespeare Collection (Globe Theatre)

Adam has worked for the BBC in Poetry – Between The Lines and his film credits include Clash Of The Moths (Dirty Negative Films); No Plan B (Dirty Negative Films); Into The Surf (Tom Evans); Hack Attack (Crooked Cynics); Solen (Flock London); No Room For Grey (Crooked Cynics)

The first is night already SOLD OUT. Wednesday 29th August’s performance is PAY WHAT YOU CAN, where you decide the price of your ticket – these tickets aren’t going to be around for long!
We are also running a Bring a Friend promotion – use the code Carmen20 and you get two tickets for £20, a huge saving of £8 off standard price tickets.

Carmen-The Gypsy is Reading Rep Theatre’s first ever musical co production. We are excited to be working with Romany Theatre, Nick Thompson Productions and in association with the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich to bring an electric performance and live Romany music (guitar, drum, violin, accordion) to town.

Monday 27th August is SOLD OUT
Wednesday 29th August is Pay What You Can Night – a special performance where you, the audience, decide the price of your ticket.

Bar open: 7pm
Show starts: 7.30pm

The production is based on the story of “Carmen” by Prosper Mérimée and not Bizet’s opera.