Pia DeTolomei Buxton Opera House, Derbyshire
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Pia de’Tolomei

English Touring Opera has a fine record of bringing little known Donizetti operas on tour and providing inventive productions with promising young singers. Even by their high standards, this performance of Pia ...
Clybourne Park , Richmond Theatre
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Clybourne Park

After fifteen minutes of this play I was thinking that it was a bit like an old US TV sitcom but with worse jokes – an extended and unfunny riff on the derivation of “Neapolitan”, for example. Then the mo...
Deathwatch Print Room at the Coronet
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Deathwatch

Jean Genet was the archetypal outsider playwright. Immersed in the criminal underworld from an early age, he was imprisoned repeatedly until, in 1949, the intervention of Cocteau, Picasso and Sartre to have his...
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The Non-Stop Connolly Show

This year sees the centenary of the Easter Rising in Ireland. Though the insurrection was defeated and some of its leaders were executed, the Rising is widely held to have begun the process which ended with the...
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I Capuleti e I Montecchi

Bellini’s version of Romeo and Juliet is not one of his more popular works but Popup Opera makes a compelling case for its virtues. There is plenty of excellent music and the dramatic impact of the opera’s ...
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Fifth Column

This is not an easy drama to like. Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899 and this is his only play. It is loosely autobiographical – it tells the story of Philip Rawlings, a ‘playboy’ journalist working in Ma...
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Cosi Fan Tutte

Cosi fan Tutte is an opera that is perfect for cutting down to its essentials. The chorus is easily dispensable and the series of solos, duets, and ensembles for the six characters is tailor-made for the intima...
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Cosi: The Play

Louis Nowra’s comedy is set in a psychiatric hospital in Australia in 1970. A young director is asked by a social worker at the hospital to help a group of patients to put on play and, because of the enthusia...
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The Rinse Cycle

This brilliant show is described by the creative team at Unexpected Opera as “Wagner’s Ring Cycle conditioned with comedy and shrunk to two hours”. That hardly does justice to the wonderful mixture of goo...
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Toast

Richard Bean has hit the big time with One Man, Two Guvnors and Made in Dagenham. Toast, his first play, was produced at The Royal Court in 1999 and it’s a broad expletive-laden comedy set in a bakery in Hull...