Captain Corelli's Mandolin: Love lost in shell-shocked adaptation, writes ...

Captain Corelli's Mandolin: Love lost in shell-shocked adaptation, writes DANIEL J. LEWIS

By By Daniel J. Lewis For The Daily Mail

Published: 12:18 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 12:18 BST, 3 May 2019

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Captain Corelli's Mandolin (Rose Theatre, Kingston) 

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Verdict: Love lost in shell-shocked adaptation 

It takes guts to bring British writer Louis de Bernières’s much-loved book Captain Corelli's Mandolin to the stage — especially following a little-loved film adaptation that sank without a trace in 2001. 

Rising to the challenge, Rona Munro has pulled off her adaptation for Kingston's Rose Theatre with confidence, if not with absolute success.

Unfolding on the Greek island of Cephalonia during the Italian and German occupation in WWII, the novel's plot follows the relationship between Italian soldier Captain Corelli and Pelagia, a local physician's daughter. 

It takes guts to bring Louis de Bernières’s much-loved book Captain Corelli's Mandolin to the stage — especially following a little-loved film adaptation that sank without a trace in 2001

It takes guts to bring Louis de Bernières’s much-loved book Captain Corelli's Mandolin to the stage — especially following a little-loved film adaptation that sank without a trace in 2001

Munro intersperses Bernieres' finer interpersonal touches with the heavy blows of the war which threatens the islanders’ livelihoods, and lives.

It is a bold move, and one that plays to

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