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News: A new sensory experience, Hatch, by Polka Theatre and Royal Opera House

News: A new sensory experience, Hatch, by Polka Theatre and Royal Opera House

With a vibrant musical score by Brazilian percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale, Hatch is a journey through worlds bright with a mesmerizing blend of sights and sounds influenced by samba and jazz.

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AYT Review: Les Contes D’Hoffman

AYT Review: Les Contes D’Hoffman

Originally published on A Younger Theatre


John Schlesinger’s production of Les Contes D’Hoffmann has achieved 173 performances at the Royal Opera House alone, even before counting this final revival by Daniel Dooner. The story of disenfranchised poet Hoffmann (tenor Vittorio Grigòlo) and his reluctance to entertain the masses with three final stories of lost love and heartbreak is surrounded in death and despair – composer Jacques Offenbach died four months before its opening, clutching the finished manuscript in his hand, and neither original director Schlesinger nor costume designer Maria Björnson are alive today to see their version’s swansong. 181 performances of this production in total; quite the achievement to cap off a set of highly successful careers.
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Exeunt Review: Così Fan Tutte

Exeunt Review: Così Fan Tutte

Originally published on Exeunt


Cosi fan tutte completes the holy trio of opera buffa collaborations between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte. The partnership resulted in a trademark light-hearted comedic style in which the characters engineer devilish schemes to entrap their counterparts in compromising situations. Trust and fidelity are not concepts held in high regard – an initial show of faithfulness and devotion is interpreted as merely a façade that conceals the treachery within. Jan Philipp Gloger’s version scratches away at this thin veneer to reveal an entirely contrasting situation underneath. Exemplified in the fantastical sets by Ben Baur, this production capitalises on a whimsical, almost fantastical, web that the puppeteer Don Alfonso (Johannes Martin Kränzle) weaves. There is, however, little sense of the underlying philosophical debate that rages throughout the work and indeed the period in which it was first performed.
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AYT Review: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

AYT Review: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Originally published on A Younger Theatre


It is rumoured that the character of the Dodo in the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a caricature of Lewis Carroll himself, created as a consequence of Carroll’s stammer and hence his inability to properly pronounce his true surname Dodgson. It is more widely assumed (despite repeated denials of its veracity from the author himself) that the heroine Alice was based on Alice Liddell, the daughter of a close friend of Carroll’s during his time at Christ Church, Oxford. Carroll supposedly invented the story and narrated it to Alice who begged him to write it down for her, not realising how impactful the story would eventually become; indeed the whole concept of Liddell spending her life in the shadow of the character is the subject of the play Peter & Alice, which starred Judi Dench at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2013. The Dodo is not featured in Maggie Gottlieb’s libretto but the central heroine herself (as expected) plays the starring role in this light-hearted children’s opera.
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AYT Review: Carmen

AYT Review: Carmen

Originally published on A Younger Theatre


As one of the world’s most well-known operas, it is strange to think that Carmen was so underappreciated in its day; Bizet sadly passed away before witnessing the true magnitude of his most famous work. Yet even after over 140 years since its inception, Carmen still remains one of the most recognisable compositions of its field, drawing the public in to pack out such expansive spaces as the Royal Opera House where the production has been given renewed life by director Francesca Zambello. Now in its fifth revival, Zambello first brought this fiery production to the stage in 2006 and each revival has been met with rapturous applause and wide-eyed wonderment. Not one to cause a stir, this revival is similarly well received.
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