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Tuesday 24th January at 7:30pm
New orchestration by Harry Blake
New English version by Robin Norton-Hale
Following a critically acclaimed seven-week run at Soho Theatre, London, this new English version of Bizet’s
wildly popular opera tours the UK in 2016.
Carmen captivates and provokes, disturbing the composure of everyone she encounters. Sparks fly when she
meets José, but as her passion cools, his turns to obsession. Unable to control his feelings or the woman
who inspired them, he descends into violence. But Carmen will not give up her freedom for anyone.
This tantalising new production takes place in a torrid South American landscape of dust and concrete,
where small-town boredom and machismo can turn nasty.
Bizet’s powerful melodies are orchestrated for a quartet of strings, woodwind and piano by composer Harry
Blake (OperaUpClose’s La Traviata and Don Giovanni).
★★★★ Independent truly disturbing
★★★★ Evening Standard brutally convincing
★★★★ Time Out in-your-face verismo
★★★★ City AM pioneering…exhilarating…gutwrenching…spectacular
★★★★ The Stage compelling
★★★★ WhatsOnStage gripping, thrilling and thought-provoking
★★★★ Observer touchingly vigorous
★★★★ Sunday Express raw passion
Tickets: £20, £18
Thursday 26th January at 7:30pm
Jane Austen sits writing, her quill scurrying across the vellum.
She is dreaming up Darcy, a proud, lip curling, handsome creation in very tight pants. But then a door squeaks, a visitor approaches and Jane hastily hides her work. Mr Darcy is left dangling. Left to his own devices he embroiders his own storyline while his creator stitches her quilt. When Jane returns she finds the plot has moved on and Darcy is dancing to a different tune.
LipService explore the world of women writers, scribbling in secret or under pseudonyms, squeezing in their writing amongst the hustle and bustle of taking tea, choosing chintz and having the vapours.
Featuring quilt work specially created by community groups for this production. To get involved visit www.lipservicetheatre.co.uk
Award-winning comedy duo LipService, makers of Withering Looks and Inspector Norse celebrate Jane Austen’s life 200 years on.
“The glorious, splendidly silly comic duo” The Independent
“The Laurel and Hardy of literary deconstruction” The Guardian
Tickets: £15/£14 conc
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