Frida Kahlo: Viva La Vida!

London theatre news: Wednesday 29 January 2020

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Only 3 performances at Vault Festival to catch a 'mesmerising and compelling' performance from Gaêl Lecornec as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
Frida Kahlo: Viva La Vida! at Vault Festival

Photo credit: S Brancastle

Reviewing Frida Kahlo: Viva La Vida! back in 2009, ActDrop's Peter Brown said ...

"Mesmerising and compelling, 'Frida Kahlo Viva La Vida' is a treat by any theatrical standards and I suspect it has a long shelf-life ahead of it yet."

The latter part of that comment proved spot-on since the show has found space in the schedule at this year's Vault Festival - and deservedly so.

However, there are only 3 performances to catch it - on 1, 8 and 15 February - so you may want to stop whatever you're doing right now and grab tickets here.

Frida Kahlo (1907-54) was a Mexican painter who had far more than her fair share of suffering.

Struck down by polio at the age of 6, the disease left her with one leg thinner than the other, forcing her to wear long dresses in adulthood to disguise the deformity.

And if that wasn't enough, fate was to deal her yet another catastrophic blow when, in her late teens, she was involved in a motor accident between the bus she was travelling on and a trolley car.

The accident left her with horrific injuries almost too numerous to catalogue.

A metal handrail went right through her abdomen and her uterus.

Subsequently she had countless restorative operations, but was more often than not in severe pain, and spent much of her life in hospital.

Kahlo is well known for her paintings (many of them self-portraits), and her relationship with fellow Mexican, muralist Diego Rivera.

They were married twice, but frequently lived apart which is indicative of the stormy nature of their relationship.

Both had extra-marital relationships including one between Rivera and Kahlo's sister.

Frida Kahlo is once again played by Gaêl Lecornec who has already received huge critical acclaim for the role.

If there's one play we'd single out as a 'must see' at Vault Festival then Frida Kahlo: Viva La Vida! is it.

Show listing information


An explosive on-stage portrait of Latin America's greatest female painter.

Sharp, witty and bursting with colour, this critically acclaimed, award-winning one-woman show returns to London for its 10 year anniversary, after a sizzling sell out run around the world.

Based on fragments of Frida Kahlo's biography, letters and extracts from her diary, this play powerfully recreates the life of a unique artist, a painter who transferred her vibrant culture and her deepest dramas onto canvas.


Gaël Le Cornec


Author: Humberto Robles; adapted by Gaël Le Cornec & Luis Benkard
Director: Luis Benkard
Set designer: Sophie Mosberger
Lighting: Laura Padilla
Sound: José Reyes Canseco
Visual effects: Paintings by Ari Vicentini
Production: Footprint Productions & Tirso Theatre Co


The Vaults - Crescent
Leake Street


From: Saturday 1 February 2020

Closed: Saturday 15 February 2020


Standard: From £15


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