La Cava

Thanks to technical problems, this production played only six of its scheduled 16 performances at Bromley. Press night at the Victoria Palace was 8th June 2000.

Cast & Crew


Archbishop Oppas
Ensemble/1st cover Florinda/2nd cover Isabel
Ensemble/1st cover Gurda
Ensemble/1st cover Isabel
Ensemble/1st cover King Roderic
Ensemble/1st cover Marcos
Ensemble/1st cover Somal/2nd cover Theo
Ensemble/1st cover Tariq
Ensemble/2nd cover Agon/1st cover Archbishop
Ensemble/2nd cover Florinda
Ensemble/2nd cover Gurda
Ensemble/2nd cover Julian/2nd cover Ezzak
Ensemble/2nd cover Marcos/1st cover Theo
Ensemble/2nd cover Queen Exilona
Ensemble/2nd cover Somal
Ensemble/2nd cover Tariq/1st cover Ezzak
Ezzak Mendez/2nd cover King Roderic/1st cover Julian Espatorias/2nd cover Archbishop
Florinda Espatorias
General Julian Espatorias
King Roderic
Marcos Cordoba/1st cover Agon
Queen Exilona
Tariq the Moor
The Governess Gurda/1st cover Queen Exilona
Theo Perez


Additional Lyrics
ASM/Console Operator
Assistant Costume Designer
Assistant Lighting Designer
Assistant Set Designer
Associate Producer
Chief Lighting Technician
Company Manager
Consultant to the Producers
Costume Designer
Dance Captain
Deputy Wardrobe Master
Deputy Wig Mistress
Fight Director
Floor Revolve and Moving Walls
Keyboard Programmer
Keyboard/Assistant Musical Director
Lighting Designer
Moving Light Programmer
Moving Light Programmer
Music Programmer
Musical Director
Musical Supervision and Orchestrations
Production Assistant
Production Assistant
Production Electrician
Production Electrician
Production Electrician
Production Electrician
Production Electrician
Production Electrician
Production Electrician
Production Manager
Resident Director
Sound Designer
Sound Operator 1
Sound Operator 2
Sound Production Engineer
Stage Manager
Wardrobe Mistress
Wig Mistress

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Play description

La Cava is a musical with a book by Dana Broccoli, lyrics by John Claflin and Laurence O’Keefe, additional lyrics by Shaun McKenna and music by O’Keefe and Stephen Keeling.

Based on Broccoli’s novel Florinda, its title is derived not from the sparkling wine but for the Spanish word for a scarlet woman. The plot, based on the legend of Julian, Count of Ceuta, focuses on the feisty daughter of a Spanish general whose love triangle involving King Roderic sets a massive war in motion. In the 8th century, Roderic was the last ruler of Visigothic Spain and was overthrown by the Moorish invasion.

The show was originally presented at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse from the 1st-23rd July 1995 under its original title ‘Florinda’, starring Julie Heron as the title character and directed by David Galligan. At this point in the show’s development, the music and lyrics were by O’Keefe and Claflin only.

Directed by Steven Dexter and choreographed by Mitch Sebastian, the West End production opened on June 8, 2000 at the Victoria Palace Theatre, where it ran for six weeks before transferring to the Piccadilly Theatre. It remained there until closing on February 3, 2001. The original cast included Oliver Tobias as King Roderic, Julie-Alanah Brighten as Florinda, Marilyn Cutts as the Queen, Paul Keating as her servant Agon, Daniel Redmond as Florinda’s Moorish lover, David Bardsley as Florinda’s father, Louisa McCarthy as Florinda’s friend at court, and Patrick Romer as the evil, Jew-hating Archbishop.

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