La bohème

25, 27 and 28 July 2018
The Coade Theatre, Bryanston, Dorset
Sung in Italian with English surtitles | 600-seat theatre | full orchestra | chorus of 70

Brief Synopsis

It’s Christmas Eve and snow is falling on Paris. The young poet, Rodolfo, shares a cold garret with his three student friends. Mimì, a seamstress, arrives at the door seeking a light for her candle so Rodolfo invites her inside. Before long, the two declare their love. The students take Mimi to the Café Momus in the Latin Quarter. There, they come across Musetta, Marcello’s ex-girlfriend. Amid the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, Musetta manages to steal the scene and get her rich ‘friend’, Alcindoro, to pick up the bill for all of them. With her constant coughing, the students soon realise that Mimì is unwell; it is clearly tuberculosis. Back in the garret, the friends rally round to buy medicine for the ailing Mimì but, alas, it is too late.

Cast & Creative Team

Rodolfo, a poet Adam Smith
Mimì, a seamstress Shelley Jackson
Marcello, a painter Nicholas Lester
Musetta, a singer  Lauren Michelle
Schaunard, a musician Ross Ramgobin
Colline, a philosopher Pauls Putnins
Benoît, their landlord Charles Johnston
Alcindoro Charles Johnston
Parpignol Ranald McCusker
Plum seller James Hutchings
Child Oliver Gill
Customs Officer Tim Bagley
Customs Officer Ossian Huskinson
Conductor Peter Robinson
Director Peter Relton
Designer Steve Howell
Costume Realisation Rebecca Hopkins
Lighting designer Marc Rosette
Chorus Master Benjamin Goodson
Orchestra Leader David Spencer


Tickets for Puccini’s La bohème and Massenet’s Le Cid be available to the public from Tuesday 6 March 2018. Prior to this, tickets are only available to Patrons, Corporate supporters and members of the Friends of Dorset Opera.

If you wish to avail yourself of priority booking privileges, you will need to become a Friend, Patron, sponsor or corporate benefactor of Dorset Opera. For Patrons, priority booking opens on Tuesday 23 January 2018. For Friends, priority booking opens on Tuesday 20th February. For more details, visit our Support Us Page.