To chop Mozart’s The Magic Flute down into two hours, with an interval; to translate it entirely into English; to set it in a modern-day nightclub style setting, are all brave moves by OperaUpClose. Glyn Maxwell’s revised libretto, Valentina Ceschi’s direction and Alex Beetschen’s orchestration down to four instrumentalists are not perfect – understandable given the mammoth undertaking. But they are bloody close and that in itself is a huge achievement.
Tag: Soho Theatre
not to Live in Suburbia – a funny, brutal and poignant autobiographical show about living with chronic loneliness.
Annie Siddons takes a look at the time in her life when she found herself – performance maker, part Greek, part Egyptian, full Londoner – as a single mum living in the nuclear family haven of curtain-twitching Twickenham, the most married place in London.
Also published on A Younger Theatre.
The opening is punchy, the dialogue sharp. Charlotte Josephine and Daniel Foxsmith jump right in – tales of revenge porn and teenage sex education fly out the gates. Josephine’s writing is quick to climax, but like a trained professional it comes, subsides and builds up again for another round. Edward Stambollouian’s vision is clear – Blush is the intention, for character and audience alike.
Untold Arts presents the world premiere of The Scar Test, a new play by Soho Theatre Westminster Prize award-winning writer Hannah Khalil.
The fear of getting older is something that many of us grapple with our entire lives. Milestone birthdays turn into worrisome days where we mourn the years we have lost instead of looking forward to those we have ahead; we spend money on products to hide or supposedly slow signs of the ageing process. But being old is not synonymous with being disabled, or being frail, or being unable to enjoy yourself. Inspector Sands and China Plate bring The Lounge to Soho Theatre, a show that ultimately reminds us about our perceptions of age, the elderly and the concept of “being old”.