Friday, July 19

The Opera Locos – Peacock Theatre

Yllana, the renowned Spanish theatre group, brings a vibrant new production to the Peacock Theatre with “The Opera Locos.” Translating from Spanish “The Crazy Opera,” is an exhilarating spectacle that indeed lives up to its name, offering a whirlwind experience that marries classical opera with a contemporary comedic flair.

Despite its modest cast, which includes Enrique Sánchez-Ramos, Jesús Álvarez, María Rey-Joly, Mayca Teba, and Michaël Koné, each member shines brightly, showcasing their classically trained skills and vocals while infusing the production with depth of comedy. Their performances inject the show with energy and charisma, enhancing the experience for the audience.

In this performance, traditional narrative takes a backseat, allowing for a dynamic interplay of sounds, gestures and easy to understand dialogue. Each scene was ingeniously set to beloved operatic melodies recognised by audiences worldwide. Whilst the plot may be minimal, the show’s strength lies in its ability to captivate and entertain through the universal language of music.

Even for those unaccustomed to the operatic genre, familiarity abounds as timeless tunes permeate the air, drawing listeners into a world where laughter and melody converge. “The Opera Locos” bridges the gap between generations and tastes, featuring a soundtrack from the classical opera hits to the modern, with nods to artists like Mika, Whitney Houston, and Frank Sinatra.

More than just a showcase of musical prowess, this production is an inclusive celebration, inviting audiences of all backgrounds to join in the show. Through interactive segments and audience engagement, attendees are not merely spectators but active participants, guided by the performers as they explore the enchanting realm of opera.

One standout scene sees the audience participating in an impromptu opera lesson, with everyone joyfully singing along to a beloved classic led by Mr Sánchez-Ramos.  From comical interludes to spontaneous sing-alongs, “The Opera Locos” exudes an infectious energy that permeates every moment, leaving audiences enthralled from curtain rise to curtain fall.

“The Opera Locos” is a huge success, delivering an enchanting blend of humour, melody, and theatricality that captivates audiences of all ages. While the show may not provide an educational deep dive into opera or the origins of its songs or productions, it does serve as a creative gateway into the world of art form for newcomers whilst delighting enthusiasts with its fresh perspective and innovative approach. With its dynamic performances and universal appeal, “The Opera Locos” proves to be a fun and enjoyable theatrical performance for everyone.

Playing until 11th May,

Reviewer: Zain Russell

Reviewed: 8th May 2024

North West End UK Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.