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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

ENO describes this stunning production of Sweeney Todd as semi-staged. It is a tribute to the show and its performers that by the end of an evening of theatrical magic we have forgotten that Mrs Lovett’s Pie ...
Andrea Chénier
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Andrea Chénier

Giordano wrote fourteen operas but Andrea Chenier,first heard in Milan in 1896, is the only one that is regularly performed today. Giordano was one of the young composers who, alongside Puccini, Mascagni and Le...
The Backward Fall
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The Backward Fall

Penny Productions is a new company whose aim is “to explore different types of performance” and they claim to take inspiration from Dario Fo and Steven Berkoff amongst others. This piece focusses on the exp...
The Dragon
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The Dragon

This play is a moral and political fable in the guise of a farcical fairy tale.  It tells of the attempt of knight errant, Sir Lancelot, to free a village from the reign of terror of ‘The Dragon’ and, in p...
Variety Soup
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Variety Soup

This strange show is difficult to categorise. It is described by the theatre as “avariety gang show for the 21st century”. It mixes stunts, magic, illusions, juggling, songs, and puppets. It has moments of ...
Christmas
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Christmas

This is a brilliant but desperately bleak play. Written by Simon Stephens around ten years ago, it focuses on four unhappy men gathered in a run-down pub on a night in the week before Christmas. Three of them a...
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La Cenerentola

Clapham Opera Festival aims to offer a taste of opera to the folk of South London – its slogan is ‘opera for the many, not the few’. Judging by the mixed audience that saw La Cenerentola, Rossini’s vers...
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Solomon and Marion

This brilliant play finally arrives in London after triumphant runs elsewhere in the UK and South Africa. It is a deceptively simple affair – telling of the encounter between two damaged souls and the terribl...
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The Trial

There is every reason why the strange and unsettling fate of Joseph K, the central character of Franz Kafka’s novel, should provide fertile material for Philip Glass. His unmistakable musical style is well su...
La Traviata
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La Traviata

Traviata is a work that fits the OperaUpClose model perfectly – one or two big party scenes excepted, it is primarily a series of duets and trios. In this well judged adaptation by Robin Norton-Hale, the acti...