Michael Grandage’s highly anticipated production will start previews at London's Adelphi Theatre June 2, with an official opening night June 21. Booking for the show opens Jan. 31.
Matt Rawle (Camelot, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre) will play the revolutionary and narrator Che.
Quast’s pedigree includes three Best Actor Olivier Awards for Sunday in the Park With George, The Fix and South Pacific. His other credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Stuff Happens.
Evita focuses on Eva Peron’s rise from her slum origins to the wife of Argentina’s post-war nationalist leader Juan Peron, a position from which she held her people in thrall. Such was her power she became her country’s unofficial vice-president, growing richer while her people’s poverty deepened. She died of cancer at the age of 33.
This will be the first revival of the musical since Evita premiered at the Prince Edward Theatre in 1978. Hal Prince’s production made a London star out of Elaine Paige and a Broadway star out of Patti LuPone. Madonna was already rather well known when she took on the role in Alan Parker’s 1996 movie version. The creative team for the new production includes design by Christopher Oram and choreography by Rob Ashford, who with director Grandage are responsible for the latest West End revival of Guys and Dolls. Evita is produced by Andre Ptaszynski for Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatre.