After performing their first ever tragedy this Spring, Pop-Up Opera return to comedy for their Summer Season 2016. Pop-Up Opera challenge the way opera is traditionally performed, by taking it into unusual spaces and making it fun, fresh and intimate. Rossini's famous opera buffa Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) is brought to life by the critically acclaimed company, sung in Italian with English captions.
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Figaro Forever - Opera Trilogy for WNO’s Spring Season One opera trilogy, three established directors and two of Britain’s most celebrated theatre designers are just some of the ingredients for two new productions and a world premiere in Welsh National Opera’s forthcoming spring season.
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The Young’uns The Three for All Voted Best Group at the 2015 BBC Folk Awards, The Young’uns have fast become one of the foremost bands on the folk scene. Beguiling audiences around the world, they switch seamlessly from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, from profoundly poignant songs to infectiously irreverent humour.
Handel’s Ariodante Director Harry Fehr and designer Yannis Thavoris (Orlando 2011) bring to life a vividly characterised, ‘what if’ kind of a world, where evil can flourish with frightening ease. In a community much like ours, with characters much like us – their gift for storytelling is perfectly matched to this simple yet powerful fable of innocence maligned.
Previews begin at the Playhouse Theatre on the 4th November 2016.
The production was famously revived at the National Theatre in 1992 by Stephen Daldry, and has since won 19 major awards across the globe. The show will begin previews at the Playhouse Theatre on the 4th November 2016.
This dark play written by J. B. Priestly is widely considered to be a classic that came out of mid-20th century British Theatre. Set in Brumley, a fictional industrial city in the midlands, a wealthy upper middle-class family spend an evening at home when they are unexpectedly visited by Inspector Goole. The family are questioned on their involvement in the suicide of Eva Smith, a young and innocent working-class lady. Following lengthy interrogation, the audience begin to understand the extent of the family’s involvement in Eva Smith’s death.
An Inspector Calls is considered to be a classic example of “drawing room theatre”, and is believed by many to be an expression of Priestly’s dislike of Edwardian/Victorian English principles. Priestly also communicates strong socialist political principles in the subtext of the play, which is one of the reasons it has been studied extensively at GCSE level in schools.
In 2015 there were 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows in 313 venues, making it the largest ever arts festival in the world.
The Fringe story dates back to 1947, when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to perform at the (then newly formed) Edinburgh International Festival, an initiative created to celebrate and enrich European cultural life in the wake of the Second World War. Not being part of the official programme of the International Festival didn’t stop these performers – they just went ahead and staged their shows on the ‘Fringe of the Festival’ anyway – coining the phrase and their name ‘(Edinburgh) Festival Fringe’. Year on year more and more performers followed their example and in 1958 the Festival Fringe Society was created in response to the success of this growing trend.
Friday 4th November 2016 – Saturday 4th February Playhouse Theatre Northumberland Avenue London WC2N 5DE
An Inspector Calls returns to the West End, 70 years after it was first staged in the UK.
Directed by Dimitris Chimonas with an original design by Sara Blondal, the piece unravels with a strong visuals and physicality to provide heartwarming beauty. The companies are proud to be working with Care4Calais on this project and will be donating a percentage of the profits to help refugees in the Calais camp. Highly Commended by Scottish Daily Mail Award 2015.
Elizabeth packs a suitcase to flee a reality she's not ready to face. As possessions reveal her past and her daughter can’t see her own future, Elizabeth is forced to see that timeless lies soon catch up with you.
This romantic fairytale transports the immigration crisis on to our front doorstep through physical expression, text and an original score. Nostalgia dresses an exciting journey about love, memories, aging and fate. Collaboratively devised by the company, based on the writings of Gabrielle Sheppard, Leftovers follows the young heroine into her memories and delusions of the life she could have lived, with the family she could have had, only if...