27 August - 1 September 2018

Carmen the Gypsy

Performance Times:


Duration: 2 hours, including interval

Suitable for ages 13+

£14 / £12*

Book Tickets

“ Lights up the uncertain corners of Carmen’s personality ”

The Stage

“ Magnificent original music ”

The Stage

  • Written and Directed by Dan Allum
  • Produced with Romany Theatre and Nick Thompson Productions
  • In association with New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

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…

Based on the story of “Carmen” by Prosper Mérimée, this contemporary story set on a British Travellers’ site explores the enigmatic character of Carmen the woman, and through her extraordinary journey we discover the human being behind the icon. The play features original Gypsy music and songs.





Reading Studio of Dramatic Art, Reading College, Kings Road, Reading RG1 4HJ

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Reading Rep utilises Reading Studio Theatre for its productions, on the grounds of Reading College. We recommend contacting us in advance should you have any access requirements. Please do not hesitate to contact us on 01189 554 757, or email megan@readingrep.com

Toilets are located in a different building to the theatre, but are fully accessible by wheelchair users.

We can accommodate two wheelchair users in our theatre.

There is ample free parking on-site.

Access tickets are priced as concessions and can be booked online.

* Under 18, Students, Over 60, Registered Disabled
** Two adults + two children, OR one adult + three children