The Moderate Soprano
Duke of Yorks Theatre, London
The Moderate Soprano - Duke of Yorks Theatre, London
Age Restriction: Children under 4 will not be admitted
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2018 brings this wonderful account of the rise of the Glyndebourne Opera House to the West End, following its successful appearance at the Hampstead Theatre in North London.
It is one of many Hampstead Theatre productions to transfer to Theatreland in recent years, demonstrating its power as a prime location to breed future West End hits.
Back in the 1930s the Glyndebourne Opera House was a dream, but it soon turned into reality thanks to John Christie, Audrey Mildmay and some refugees from Nazi Germany. It meant that for almost a century audiences from around the world have relished in some wonderful productions and in 2015 David Hare penned this play The Moderate Soprano to celebrate it all.
Roger Allam portrays Christie on the stage, with Nancy Carroll as his wife Audrey. Together they will craft a story under the direction of Jeremy Herrin and utilising the words put together by one of the country’s most celebrated playwrights.
The Moderate Soprano of the title refers to Mildmay, who was dubbed the moniker by Christie, and she helped to create the operatic institution in the 1930s in an unlikely location in the Sussex countryside. The play is set in this period, with the Second World War looming and Christie’s meeting with refugees providing him with what he needed to create something celebrated the world over.
2018 is going to be a great year for some awe-inspiring celebratory shows, with the Vaudeville Theatre’s Oscar Wilde season continuing at the Vaudeville Theatre and an array of jukebox musicals also honouring some well known names. But for The Moderate Soprano, audiences will be able to relish in the story of something that attracts audiences to another part of the country from the West End.
And with stars like Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll taking to the stage, audiences know that they are in safe hands. Allam has stage credits that go back many decades, so he brings a wealth of experience to the West End, with credits like 2017’s Limehouse at the Donmar Warehouse, 2009’s La Cage Aux Folles at the Playhouse Theatre and 1985’s original run of Les Misérables at the Barbican.
David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano returns to London with a run at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre from Thursday 12th April 2018 (with previews beginning on Thursday 5th April 2018).
Show & Venue InformationDuke of Yorks Theatre
St Martin's Lane
Thursday, 05 April 2018
Saturday, 30 June 2018
2hr 15 min (inc. interval)