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Take your seats in good time for the performances, turn off your mobiles and don’t rustle toffee papers in the auditorium.

London Theatre

Carmen Disruption

As you read this review, you should bear in mind that we aren't fans of Opera or Musicals and therefore our only knowledge of Bizet's Carmen was the synopsis we crammed on the journey to the theatre and the familiar music that everyone knows ( even though they don't realise it).

With the impending doom of a two hour no break production, we entered the auditorium via the back of the stage, past Sharon Small in a dressing room and side-stepping a dead Bull, we took our seats.

Sharon Small plays The Singer who travels around in a world punctuated with communication devices - Email, mobile phones, Twitter etc such is her dependence on them that she has to check her phone to see which character she is playing.

Viktoria Vizin dressed as traditional Carmen almost floats around the stage, singing beautifully as the other characters from the opera give narratives on their lives.

Now here's the thing, Carmen in Carmen Disruption is a rent boy played magnificently by Jack Farthing who grinds, preens and disgusts with his revelations of his trade.

Unfortunately, we lost interest after about an hour and could only stare at the fallen (yet still 'breathing' ) bull in the middle of the stage wondering if it would jump up in the grand finale.

Footnote: Chosen because of Simon Stephens's writing for The Curious Incident of the dog in the Night Time and Michael Longhurst's direction in Constellations. Also, Lizzie Clachan has previously amazed us with her ingenious set design.