It was a multi-million best-selling novel and a smash-hit Hollywood movie that captured hearts around the world.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is a love story set against the backdrop of the Italian and German occupation of the Greek island of Cephalonia during the Second World War.

Audiences who enjoyed the film version starring Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz now have the chance to see an acclaimed stage version of Louis de Bernières’ epic novel.

A cast of 15 actors and singers will bring the passion and poetry dramatically to life in a five-day run at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow.

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From the vivid descriptions of the village and its inhabitants, to the brutal life and epic sweep of the soldiers caught up in the constantly changing politics of war, this stunning new production is directed by Olivier and Tony-Award nominee Melly Still (My Brilliant Friend) and writer and adaptor Rona Munro (The James Plays) and includes specially commissioned music by Harry Blake.

It tells how Captain Corelli, an enigmatic young Italian officer, is posted to the island as part of the occupying forces. Shunned by the locals at first, he proves to be civilised, humorous - and a consummate musician.

The Captain is soon thrown together with Dr Iannis’ strong – willed and beautiful daughter Pelagia, who discovers all of the complexities of love, and how it can blossom in the most unexpected way.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is at the Theatre Royal from June 25 to 29.