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Carmen – The Gypsy

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is delighted to be welcoming The Romany Theatre Company to the stage for the first time, with their new production of Carmen – The Gypsy, a brave new musical retelling of the classic (Thu 13 – Sat 15 Sep).

Carmen is in the midst of a scuffle at an illegal Gypsy cage-fighting event when she is arrested by undercover police officer, Don Jose. Carmen seduces him, persuading him to let her go. Don Jose’s infatuation with Carmen leads him to join the Gypsy cage-fighting gang where he discovers she is married to the brutal Garcia, head of the gang. Rivalry grows and Carmen soon resents Don Jose’s possessiveness and turns instead to a handsome cage-fighting champion. Don Jose’s world crumbles and, in a jealous rage, he begs her to forsake other men. But Carmen has other plans…

The Romany Theatre Company (RTC) was founded in 2002 by Dan Allum. They aim to create rich, powerful and inspirational drama, be it for theatre, television or radio. Their work is rooted in the culture and experiences of Romany people and focuses strongly on their struggle for equality and challenges negative opinions of them and the lives that they lead.

Based on the story of a 19th century fictionalised icon, Carmen – The Gypsy is a contemporary story set among the British Gypsy Traveller community, performed by members of the Romany Gypsy culture and features original Gypsy music and songs. It is written and directed by Dan Allum, who is also the composer. The music arranger is Candida Caldicot and the movement director is Sarah Dowling.

Tickets are on sale at the Box Office, call 01284 769505, book online at or visit the theatre in person.