Booking to 22 October 2022
Celebrating the historical and the hysterical, from countertenor to counterculture.
Hot on the heels of a sensational run in New York last year, Justin Vivian Bond ‘the greatest cabaret artist of their generation’ (The New Yorker) and Anthony Roth Costanzo ‘the vocally brilliant and dramatically fearless countertenor’ (The New York Times) bring their acclaimed show to London.
Only An Octave Apart is booking from 28 September 2022 until 22 October 2022 at Wilton’s Music Hall, London.
What is Only An Octave Apart about?
Only An Octave Apart is Justin Vivian Bond and Anthony Roth Costanzo’s joyous and surprising musical fantasia, revelling in everything strange and beautiful in the coexistence of contrasts – from Purcell’s 17th century aria “Dido’s Lament” to Dido’s early 2000s hit “White Flag”, from “Autumn Leaves” to “The Waters of March”.
In ‘Only an Octave Apart’, Justin Vivian Bond & Anthony Roth Costanzo express their queer identities through unique interpretations of classical, pop, and hybrids of the two, making the gendered history of the music their plaything. Whether invoking mythology or nature, romance or radical compassion, Bond and Costanzo carve new pathways between opera and politically subversive cabaret – two art forms that, as Bond puts it, “have been kept alive for generations by queens”- and allow old works to reveal surprising new stories.
More about Justin Vivian Bond & Anthony Roth Costanzo
Justin Vivian Bond has garnered an OBIE Award, a Bessie Award, a Tony Award nomination, and an Ethyl Eichelberger Award. As one-half the the legendary Kiki and Herb and as a solo artist, their illustrious 30-year cabaret career has included headlining at Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House, and appearances in films (‘Shortbus’, ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’). Their memoir ‘Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels’ won the Lambda Literary Award for transgender non-fiction.
Grammy Award winner Anthony Roth Costanzo was named Musical America’s 2019 Vocalist of the Year and is the exquisite star of Philip Glass’ ‘Akhnaten’ which recently triumphed again at the Metropolitan Opera. He will appear at this year’s Proms on 3 September at the spectacular space of Printworks London.
Co-created and directed by Zack Winokur, with music supervision by Thomas Bartlett, arrangements by Nico Muhly, musical direction by Daniel Schlosberg, and costume design by JW Anderson, Only an Octave Apart celebrates the historical and the hysterical, from countertenor to counterculture.
Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.
Venue InformationWilton's Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley , London, E1 8JB
Nearest Tube or Train: Tower Hill, Shadwell, Aldgate East
Nearest Buses: 100, N551