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.
Venue InformationWilton's Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley , London, E1 8JB
Nearest Tube or Train: Tower Hill, Shadwell, Aldgate East
Nearest Buses: 100, N551
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Wilton’s Music Hall in London has announced a new Autumn season running from August through December 2022.
Highlights of the season include the world premiere of two shows The Wind in The
Willows Wilton’s and David Farr’s play A Dead Body in Taos, the UK debut of genre-defying new show Only an Octave Apart and a new show The Last Days of Mankind from Tiger Lillies.
The Wind in the
Willows Wilton’s, a new adaptation by Piers Torday is based on Kenneth Grahame’s much loved The Wind in the Willows and set in modern-day London. The festive show will run from 24 November – 31 December and feature songs, puppetry and all the favoured characters.
Hot on the heels of a sensational run in New York, the critically acclaimed, genre-defying new show Only an Octave Apart makes its UK debut at Wilton’s (28 September–22 October) starring Justin Vivian Bond and Anthony Roth Costanzo. Carving a new pathway between opera and politically subversive cabaret, this joyous and surprising musical fantasia revels in everything strange and beautiful.
For those seeking drama, Fuel presents the world premiere of David Farr’s new play A Dead Body in Taos [26 October – 12 November]: Billed as “part mystery, part sci-fi epic” it’s an intimate study of loss and bereavement starring Gemma Lawrence and Eve Ponsonby.
Bringing world-class music and a brand-new show to the Wilton’s stage, the legendary Olivier award winning and Grammy nominated post-punk, cult cabaret super stars the Tiger Lillies return with a new narrative concert; The Last Days of Mankind [06 – 17 September].
For a night of laughs, Phil McIntyre Live Ltd presents Harry Hill: Experiments in Entertainment 3 [20 – 24 September]. The three-time British Comedy Award winner and star of Harry’s Hill TV Burp promises to will leave the house howling.
Attenborough and his Animals [30 August – 03 September] is a family friendly entertainment show bringing the magic of David Attenborough live to the stage. Incorporating an epic display of clowning and physical theatre, two hapless fools recreate wonderful scenes of the natural world including a vast range of animals from blue whales to racer snakes and iguanas.
The new season includes Charles Court Opera presenting a 21st century inventive reimagining of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience [24-26 August]. Brimming with biting humour, over the top characters, and music that is by turns toe-tapping and sumptuous, it is a satire of the aesthetic movement that gained the support of Oscar Wilde.
More music-filled nights are provided by Carradine’s Cockney Sing-along [15 November] and OneTrackMinds [16 November] and Sappho: Words More Naked Than Flesh [14 November] from Poet In The City.
Tickets are on sale at Wilton’s Music Hall.