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Actor playing Captain Corelli loses 129-year-old mandolin on train

Alex Mugnaioni in rehearsals for Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Photo: Marc Brenner
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The lead actor in the forthcoming stage adaptation of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin has appealed for the return of the show’s titular instrument, which he lost on a train.

The Neapolitan mandolin being used in the show went missing on the evening of March 26 when Alex Mugnaioni, who plays Antonio Corelli in the stage adaptation of Louis de Bernières’ novel, was travelling home from rehearsals.

He was travelling on the 18.34 Southeastern train service from London Bridge to Sidcup in Kent and said he believes someone may have mistakenly picked up the mandolin, urging anyone who has found it to come forward.

Mugnaioni had spent several months learning to play the mandolin for the role, and producers said that particular instrument, which is 129 years old, had become vital to the production.

Mugnaioni said: “We spent a long time hunting for the perfect mandolin. It’s devastating to lose it so close to the show. I’m playing throughout the show and you create quite a connection with an instrument. If anyone has picked it up by mistake we’d be so grateful for its return.”

Producers are offering tickets to the show’s opening night at the Rose Theatre in Kingston on April 25 to anyone who has the instrument.

Anyone with information on the missing mandolin should email info@nml.org.uk

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