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Evita Interview With Emma Hatton

Published : 06/Apr/2017

Moving straight from the role of Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked, Emma Hatton is now starring as Eva Peron in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s EVITA which comes to the Grand Theatre from Tuesday 9 May and lately she has been quite busy…“as any actor would tell you, you can’t complain when you’re busy!”

“Evita is a very different experience to Wicked. For instance, the fans of Evita aren’t quite as active on social media as the Wicked fans – stage door isn’t rammed with young fans, but those who like Evita have been with the show for decades. There’s quite a responsibility that comes with that, Evita is a well loved show but we’re doing OK at the moment, they seem to like what we’re doing with it – so long may that continue!”

Emma has understudied the roles of Scaramouche and Meat in London’s We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre and Donna in Dreamboats and Petticoats but Wicked was her first full-time principal role. “Playing Elphaba was very interesting, it was there that I learned how to be the leading lady, rather than just stepping into her shoes. In terms of handling the pressures of playing this type of role Wicked gave me a great footing. I still really love what I do and I think that’s the key to success, to make sure you enjoy what you’re doing and I still absolutely love it.”

“Eva Peron is such a great role and so different to anything I’ve ever done before – it’s a completely different challenge but I’m relishing it. We’re still very early on in the run and I’m discovering new things about her every day. With songs like Don’t Cry For Me Argentina there’s definitely a pressure to get it right and deliver it as affectively as you can. It depends on how you feel, sometimes the show takes more out of you but the music is so cleverly written and beautifully done – it’s quite an immersive experience.”

“We get to see a lot of the life story of Eva Peron in the show, she goes from being 15 to 33, which was the age that she died, the story moves so quickly and the lyrics are fundamental to the telling of the story so you need to be on top of your game every day.”

“Both Elphaba and Eva are incredibly strong women and both such a joy to play, particularly in this day and age. They’re both role models so that’s fantastic for me to be able to portray. Who their characters are challenge good an evil. Obviously, Wicked is a fairytale and Evita is based on fact but it challenges people’s perception of that ‘grey area’, people aren’t all good or all bad. It makes people think, yes she did some awful things, but she did them for the right reason. That’s definitely clear in Elphaba’s character, she stood up for what she believed in and made herself unpopular. There are similarities and I can draw on that.”

“As a whole, this is a very strong and very slick production. It also feels very fresh – from my perspective I think we have a really strong team – there are no weak links. The choreography is beautiful also the direction, the lighting and the set just works so well, it’s not too fussy and when you’ve got all that you have a very diligent company.”

“Last year I worked on an EP with Anthony Strong, who gigs full time as a jazz singer and we’ve collaborated a few times. I do have jazz as another thing to do but we’re still quite early on in the Evita tour at the moment so I’m still working out what my capabilities are, and adjusting to being back on the road. I’m still working furiously behind the scenes but you have to prioritise the show you’re working on. We’re creative people and it’s nice to have something else to work on so that when you come back to the show, it’s fresh again and I’m really looking forward to visiting Wolverhampton.”

EVITA runs from Tuesday 9 - Saturday 13 May 2017.





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