The Spectator Review: I pounded my car horn like a Neapolitan cabbie: ENO’s drive-in Bohème reviewed

“PJ Harris’s production takes the whole bizarre situation and goes large with it. The location is the carpark itself, with the Bohemians as north London crusties slumming it in classic VW campervans. The Café Momus is a streetfood truck and Alcindoro (John Savournin) and Musetta (Soraya Mafi) razz up in a drop-top Mercedes (registration BIG AL). Obviously, with no chorus, there are cuts, and in keeping with the hipster setting the gaps are plugged with a grim ambient Puccini remix, complete with thudding bass: like something from a Monocle magazine weekend playlist. It was almost as jarring as the chorus of car horns that greeted each setpiece in place of applause. Let’s see how long the local residents tolerate that.”

Read Richard Bratby’s review for The Spectator here.

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