Ruthie Henshall
Ruthie Henshall
Music & Lyrics by
Stephen Sondheim
Book by
James Lapine
Hope Mill Theatre
5 May - 5 June 2022
Based on the film ‘Passione d'amore’ by Ettore Scola. Presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International
Produced by Thomas Hopkins, Guy Chapman, Paul Schofield & Ruthie Henshall


It is Italy in 1863, a country tired from civil war where we meet our heroine, Fosca; her fragile, raw nerves inflame her melancholic ills. Fosca is a love starved woman whose shredding raw nerves are about to thin to breaking point with the arrival of a sexy, handsome new soldier, Giorgio, but the dashing, chiseled Captain has a dark secret … he is stuck in an illicit, passionately clandestine affair in Milan with Clara – a beguiling beauty and a married woman with a child. This is only the foundation for this roller coaster ride of dramatic emotion … this explicit Passionate expose of how love smashes disparate lives and changes everything. Forever.

‘Loving you is not a choice, It’s who I am’

Production photography by Mark Senior


Ruthie Henshall
Kelly Price
Dean John-Wilson
Ray Shell
Doctor Tambourri
Tim Walton
Colonel Ricci
Juan Jackson
Count Ludovic/Lieutenant Barri
Steve Watts
Major Rizzolli/Fosca's Father
Charlie Waddell
Sergeant Lombardi/Mistress
Danny Whitehead
Private Augenti/Young Fosca/Cover Giorgio
Adam Robert Lewis
Lieutenant Torasso/Fosca's Mother
Stuart Simons


Stephen Sondheim
Music & Lyrics
James Lapine
Michael Strassen
Sundeep Saini
Movement Director
Yshani Perinpanayagam
Musical Director
Paul Schofield
Musical Supervisor
Elin Steele
Set & Costume Designer
Charlie Morgan Jones
Lighting Designer
Dan Samson
Sound Designer
Rob Kelly CDG/CSA
Casting Director
Paul Callen
Associate Director
Ed Zanders
Orchestrator/Assistant Musical Director
Thomas Hopkins
Guy Chapman
Paul Schofield
Ruthie Henshall
Kat Ellis
Production Manager
Caitlin Ravencroft
Stage Manager