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Rusticana / Pagliacci

This revival of Michieletto’s splendid production of “Cav and Pag” provides a wonderful evening of ‘verismo’ opera. We get singing – and acting - of the highest standard from Garanca, Hymel, and Kee...
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Eugene Onegin

The splendid OperaUpClose team has come up with another reworked version of an operatic classic - and it is a triumph.  The story of boredom, infatuation, and jealousy has been shifted from rural Russia in the...
3.0★ ★ ★

Roller

This extraordinary and entertaining performance piece comes to the Pit under the banner of The Oxford Samuel Becket Theatre Trust Award. It is part drama, part dance, part mime, part roller skating. It is funny...
The Dark Room Theatre503 (Katy Brittain and Annabel Smith) courtesy of Alex Brenner
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The Dark Room

This short play from the Australian writer Angela Betzien is well titled. The room we are taken to – in a cheap hotel in a rural backwater in Australia – is dark in every sense. It is a place where dark dee...
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Poison

This is a play about loss and grief. Although it is short, it packs a great deal of emotion into its 80 minutes and raises some troubling issues about how people cope with - and sometimes fail to cope with – ...
Tosca King's Head photo credit Jacob Sacks-Jones
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Tosca

The second act of Tosca is almost always a harrowing experience. The sexual abuse of a distressed woman by a powerful man is deeply disturbing - in the week that the behaviour of Harvey Weinstein has been the m...
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, credit Alex Harvey-Brown
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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

This is a play that stays in the mind long after the lights go up. Don’t imagine that this is just another routine gothic horror story – it is a love story as much as a horror story and it raises all sorts ...
ENO Aida 2017 c-Tristram Kenton
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Aida

Aida is grand opera in every way – big voices, huge choruses, and lots of extras. And this ENO production, directed by Phelim McDermott, certainly goes for scale and impact. To be honest it is not Verdi’s m...
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Eugene Onegin

The WNO autumn season is labelled ‘Russian Revolution’ and comprises works by Tchaikovsky, Musorgsky, and Janacek, all set in Russia.
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Trial by Jury

Opera North is developing an honourable record in doing fine Gilbert and Sullivan productions and they have come up with a very funny Trial by Jury as part of their ‘Little Greats’ season.  Pairing it with...