Britain's first professional female playwright Aphra Behn penned The Rover in 1677, and a new RSC production, directed by Loveday Ingram, arrived as fresh, fun and relevant as ever in 2016.
Starring Joseph Millson, Alexander Gilbreath and Faye Castelow as the titular rover, the famous courtesan and the naughty nun to be, The Rover was a riot of colour, heat and passion. Set in South America at the height of carnival Grant's music powered through the production with an onstage six piece band playing original salsa, samba, carnival and cuban inspired song settings.
The show ran at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon until February 2017, and fanned the flames of both audiences and critics.
"The action grows, with the aid of Grant Olding's fizzing score, out of a society in a permanent state of fiesta"
"Sun-kissed, salsa-saturated live music powers the evening" **** The Telegraph
"Grant Olding's evocative songs and underscore are brilliantly deployed throughout by a thoroughly entertaining six-piece band" **** Whatsonstage
"pounding rhythms and saucy singing in Grant Olding's gorgeous score"
"Infectious rhythms, lilting melodies and sensual dancing – and it’s a joyous soundtrack that doesn’t let up throughout the night." Stratford Observer
"The rumbustious, musical carnival spirit seeps out everywhere"
"A roaming band plays steamy salsa and tango music" **** The Times
**** The Sunday Times