La Strada takes the road to Salford

David Upton

A masterpiece of modern cinema, Federico Fellini's 1957 Oscar-winning La Strada (The Road), will be brought to life on stage in a brand new adaptation at The Lowry in Salford from May 15 to 20.

A soul-searching story filled with sadness, humour and acute observation, La Strada tells the tragic and tender tale of wide-eyed Gelsomina who is sold by her impoverished mother to the brutish strongman Zampano, a travelling sideshow performer.

Their journey through the Italian countryside leads them to a ragtag touring circus where they meet Il Matto the free-spirited tightrope walker, who tries to rekindle Gelsomina's broken spirit.