Becoming Tosca - Stables Theatre

The Stables Theatre, The Bourne, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3BD
Becoming Tosca - Stables Theatre


Prologue Opera returns to the Stables Theatre with their new production of Becoming Tosca. A new team of stellar cast and creatives present a piece of musical drama you will not want to miss.

Have you ever seen a show and wondered about a character's backstory and what brought them to the point at which the action starts? So have we. Hastings' new opera theatre company present a prologue to Puccini's famous opera, Tosca. Becoming Tosca is an innovative and unique piece of drama, illuminating the earlier lives of the well-known characters and propelling the audience into their world. Every song and every word of dialogue in the Prologue brings us new insights into their backgrounds and choices. An evening of revolution, romance and tragedy, combining newly composed music with a tango flavour and an abridged version of Puccini's sumptuous score, will entertain you from the opening chords to the dramatic finale, challenging your preconception of both the original piece and the artform of opera itself.

Scene Setting for Becoming Tosca

Catholicism and the appeal of dictatorship are never far from the surface in Puccini's Tosca. Can revolution or religion change human nature? Can art be the agent of either or does it merely passively record the process? Becoming Tosca relocates the action to an unspecific Latin American setting in the second half of the 20th century; a nation founded on Jesuit colonisation, where religion now jostles with the politics of capitalism and self-interest. It is a society dominated by the struggle to exchange poverty for influence, still seeking solutions to all-pervasive inequalities and oppressions. Does the church love repentance or does it prefer punishment? Is brutality a necessary weapon to control a turbulent population? Even now, we do not have answers and until we do, these questions must continue to be examined.

The Team

A team of local creatives are bringing this piece to life. The founder of the company, Anthony Flaum, will be performing in and producing the piece alongside a stellar cast of professional singers. The design, stage, lighting team, musical director and 2 of the cast as well as the highly acclaimed composer Frank Moon, are all locals! We are also investing in youth talent as one of our cast is from the White Rock Youth Theatre and is playing the young revolutionary Angelotti. Prologue Opera are keen on investing in the broad range of creative talent in the area.


Director, Translator, Writer - Christopher Cowell

Musical Director - Lesley Anne Sammons

Composer - Frank Moon

Designer - Viva Halton Wright

Stage Manager - Jane Richardson

Tosca - Anna Sideris

Cavaradossi - Anthony Flaum

Scarpia - Brendan Collins

Spoletta - Jonathan Cooke

Angelotti - Harry Gentry

Book Tickets

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Season (23 July 2024 - 24 July 2024)
Tuesday - Wednesday19:30 - 21:30

What's Nearby

  1. A Theatre and Art Gallery in Hastings' Old Town. The theatre is open all year round and…

    0.01 miles away
  2. Located between High Street and The Bourne, Hastings History House is the headquarters of…

    0.21 miles away
  3. With 30+ vineyards across Kent & Sussex their private tours will take you to some of the…

    0.24 miles away
  1. A former fishermen's church by the old net shops, now a museum on local fishing with ship…

    0.24 miles away
  2. The Shirley Leaf & Petal Company dates back over 110 years, supplying thousands of…

    0.25 miles away
  3. The Shipwreck Museum, situated in the historic Old Town of Hastings, contains a truly…

    0.25 miles away
  4. Spun Glass Theatre is an award-winning theatre production company based in Hastings, East…

    0.32 miles away
  5. The Lifeboat Station is located at The Stade in Hastings Old Town – right next to the…

    0.33 miles away
  6. The United Kingdom's steepest funicular railway is not only a structure of national…

    0.46 miles away
  7. Hastings Adventure Golf is the UK home of Miniature Golf and features no less than 3,…

    0.47 miles away
  8. Take a step back in time and discover the fascinating history of Britain’s first Norman…

    0.48 miles away
  9. A 10 minute walk from Hastings town centre, this Grade II Listed Victorian park is one of…

    0.57 miles away
  10. A fabulous nature reserve with stunning coastal scenery situated within the High Weald…

    0.64 miles away
  11. The Source Park is the World’s largest underground skate park; a hidden gem under…

    0.93 miles away
  12. Indoor and outdoor fun at Clambers Play Centre.

    0.94 miles away
Previous Next


The Stables Theatre, Hastings

1066 Country of Origin Original by nature
Back to Top

My Planner

Nothing added yet! Explore the site to create your personal itinerary.

Don't Miss

  • Accommodation

  • Things to See & Do

  • What's On

  • Food & Drink

Accommodation Search


Things to Do Search


What's On Search


Food & Drink Search


Shopping Search