The Bands Visit

Peter is playing Avrum in the Donmar Warehouse’s new production of this multi-award-winning musical.

Bands Visit Donmar’s Official Poster

The reviews are in and they are pretty wonderful…

★★★★★ “Here’s a musical made of magic to send the soul soaring… I’d watch it again in a flash” Telegraph

★★★★★ “100 minutes of pure bliss” Musical Theatre Review

★★★★★ “Michael Longhurst directs a stunning production… a vital piece of theatre” Theatre Weekly

★★★★★ “Simply sublime, mandatory viewing for a lesson on empathy, kindness, and the power of music” Broadway World

★★★★ “A gorgeous European premiere… Couldn’t be in a more perfect theatre.” Time Out

★★★★ “Entrancing musical… Michael Longhurst’s open-hearted production.” Guardian

★★★★ “Utterly charming… irresistible” Evening Standard

★★★★ “The music is beautiful, and the cast nail the show’s comic moments as well as those that are meticulously moving” The Independent

★★★★ “This exquisite gem of a show finds the extraordinary in the ordinary” London Theatre

★★★★ “Hypnotic” The Times

★★★★ “Effervescent magnetism” Culture Whisper

Music and lyrics by David Yazbek and Book by Itamar Moses

Based on the film by Eran Kolirin

“Once, not long ago, a group of musicians came to Israel from Egypt. You probably didn’t hear about it. It wasn’t very important.”

In a quiet desert town way off the beaten path, a band of musicians arrive lost. As they wait for the next bus out, these unexpected visitors bring the town to life in surprising ways, proving that even the briefest visit can stay with you forever.

The sublime Miri Mesika performing “Omar Sharif” from The Bands Visit
Sitzprobe The Bands Visit

Interview with Musical Director Tarek Merchant

Winner of 10 Tony Awards and a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, The Band’s Visit rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, makes us cry, and ultimately, brings us together.

L to R Michal Horowicz, PP, Sargon Yelda, Marc Antolin and Carlos Mendoza. Back row left to right Ashley Margolis, Idlir Shyti, Ant Romero, Jason Alder, and Baha Yetkin.
Photo by Helen Murray

PP enjoying rehearsals photo by Helen Murray

Artistic Director Michael Longhurst directs the European premiere of a brand new production of The Band’s Visit, his next musical following his Broadway-transferring smash hit Caroline, or Change, nominated for three Tony Awards.

All Photos by Helen Murray

The cast is led by award-winning film, TV, and stage actor Alon Moni Aboutboul and seven-time winner of Israeli Female Singer of the Year award, Miri Mesika.

They are joined by the company and onstage band of Sharif Afifi, Jason Alder, Marc Antolin, Harel Glazer, Levi Goldmeier, Ido Gonen, Michal Horowicz, Emma Kingston, Shira Kravitz, Nitai Levi, Yali Topol Margalith, Ashley Margolis, Carlos Mendoza de Hevia, Peter Polycarpou, Ant Romero, Idlir Shyti, Maya Kristal Tenenbaum, Sargon Yelda and Baha Yetkin.

“It is time to fall in love again! One of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by” The New York Times

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s