The Moderate Soprano at Duke of York's Theatre

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The Moderate Soprano at the Duke of York’s Theatre

Few people know the extraordinary story of how an eccentric English schoolmaster bumped into three refugees from Hitler’s Germany and formed one of the world’s great opera houses.

David Hare’s acclaimed new play on the origin of Glyndebourne comes to London’s Duke of York’s Theatre in Spring 2018.

Olivier Award winners Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll will reprise the roles of Glyndebourne founder John Christie and soprano Audrey Mildmay, directed by Jeremy Herrin (People, Places & Things).

The Moderate Soprano runs from 5 April 2018 until 30 June 2018 at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

WHAT’S THE STORY?

The two great passions in John Christie’s life were opera and a beautiful young soprano, Audrey Mildmay, with whom he was completely smitten.

Together with his formidable drive, they fuelled what many first saw as a monumental folly in the South Downs.

Glyndebourne was triumphantly born amidst stiff manhattans, rolling lawns and the sound of sheep from across the HaHa. It was to become revered the world over.

WHO’S IN IT: THE MODERATE SOPRANO CAST

The cast is led by Roger Allam (La Cage Aux Folles, Money) and Nancy Carroll (After the Dance, Call The Midwife).

CREATIVE TEAM

Written by David Hare, directed by Jeremy Herrin with design by Bob Crowley.

REVIEWS

★★★★ “David Hare’s Glyndebourne play hits the high notes.” The Guardian
★★★★ “It’s brought to life by pitch-perfect acting” Time Out


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 30 June 2018

Important Notes

Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes




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Venue Information

Duke of York's Theatre, 45 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line), Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 40, 176
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Roger Allam is unrecognisable as John Christie in the West End production of David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano.

Allam and co-star Nancy Carroll reprise their roles of Glyndebourne founder John Christie and soprano Audrey Mildmay, in David Hare’s play about the founding of Britain’s premiere opera festival.

Known for his booming voice, Roger Allam is a veteran of stage, film and tv with roles: for stage, Les Misérables (West End), Limehouse and Privates on Parade (Donmar Warehouse), The Cherry Orchard, Money and Afterlife (National Theatre), La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse), Boeing Boeing (Comedy); film, The Lady in the Van, The Woman in Black, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Tamara Drewe; and for tv; Endeavour, Game of Thrones, Speed Racer and The Thick of It.

Directed by Olivier Award winner Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things), The Moderate Soprano is the story of an intense love affair and the unrelenting search for artistic excellence in the face of searing scrutiny, sacrifice and the impending Second World War.

 

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Nancy Carroll in The Moderate Soprano, Duke of York's Theatre, 2018, (c) Johan Persson

 

The cast is completed by Paul Jesson as Dr Fritz Busch, Anthony Calf as Professor Carl Ebert, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd as Rudolf Bing and Jade Williams as Jane Smith.

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The Moderate Soprano is designed by multi award-winning theatre and opera designer, Bob Crowley, with lighting design by the esteemed Paule Constable, sound design by Simon Baker, original music composed by Emmy award winning Composer Paul Englishby and video designed by Luke Halls.

The Moderate Soprano is booking until 30 June at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London

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The Moderate Soprano – review round up

A review round-up for The Moderate Soprano

David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano opens to mixed reviews at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London.

A deeply moving love story on the origins of Britain’s premiere opera festival – Glyndebourne – Olivier Award winners Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll convey pitch-perfect acting that frames operatic levels of passion, betrayal and vanity.

Few people know the extraordinary story of how an eccentric English schoolmaster bumped into three refugees from Hitler’s Germany and formed one of the world’s great opera houses. The two great passions in John Christie’s life were opera and a beautiful young soprano, Audrey Mildmay, with whom he was completely smitten.

Glyndebourne was triumphantly born amidst stiff manhattans, rolling lawns and the sound of sheep from across the HaHa. It was to become revered the world over.

Directed by Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things), David Hare’s play is described as ‘richly funny’ to ‘mild and flavourless’, but all agree on Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll’s wonderful performances.

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The Moderate Soprano is booking until 30 June at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London

Read a round-up of reviews below.

The Guardian, ★★★★

“David Hare’s Glyndebourne play hits the high notes.”

“This is a rich, funny, touching play about the opera house and the extraordinary marriage of its co-founders, John Christie and Audrey Mildmay.”

“Hare has written an unusual play for this day and age: one that celebrates both love and a supposedly elitist art form. One of the high points of Roger Allam’s superb performance as Christie comes when he defends the practical difficulties, as well as the high costs, of getting to Glyndebourne on the grounds of the artistic enrichment offered. To some, the experience is simply “snobs on the lawn”, but when Christie says “we’re talking about the sublime” Allam’s voice vibrates with passion.”

“Nancy Carroll is every bit as impressive as Audrey. She shows the tension between her role as gracious Sussex chatelaine and understandably ambitious artist, and perfectly captures the ravaged intensity of Audrey’s final years.

Paul Jesson repeats his performance as Busch, still burned by the memory of momentarily wavering when offered Bayreuth by the Nazis. Anthony Calf brings out Ebert’s implacable aestheticism and Jacob Fortune-Lloyd evokes Bing’s Austrian charm.

Jeremy Herrin’s direction, meanwhile, does justice to an enlightening play that, like much of Hare’s work, is full of an alert romanticism.

Michael Billington, The Guardian

The Telegraph, ★★

“Mild and flavourless.

“The artistic directorship of Bayreuth in return for ridding the company of Jews – reflects the extent to which the play favours exposition over tension.”

“Allam and Nancy Carroll are first class as Christie and his wife: he full of bluster, brawn and passion; she sensible, charming and forced to accept she can expect no favouritism from the Germans.

Jeremy Herrin’s direction is elegant and fluid, while Bob Crowley’s starkly lit, beautifully composed stage designs are magnificent, like Old Masters paintings.

Hare clearly sees in Glyndebourne a symbol of a niche but enduring well-heeled Englishness and he’s absolutely right, but there’s no getting round the fact he’s written far better plays about England than this.”

Claire Allfree, The Telegraph

The Times [paywall], ★★★

“Hare’s very English story of these Glyndebourne oddballs lives up to its name.

This play captures a certain part of England to a tee, or should that be tea, as in Earl Grey and from Fortnum’s too.”

Ann Treneman, The Telegraph

Time Out, ★★★★

“Roger Allam stars in David Hare’s delightful – if potentially niche – drama about Glyndebourne founder John Christie.

Elegantly directed by Jeremy Herrin – teases it out over a leisurely, charming, well-made evening.

Hare’s play is a green and pleasant window into high-cultural life in the 1930s and beyond. It’s brought to life by pitch-perfect acting, especially from Roger Allam.

Like Glyndebourne, it’s a night that’s not exactly dripping in mass appeal. But anyone who’s interested in music, Englishness or an intelligent evening at the theatre will happily stay for the curtain call.”

Caroline McGinn, Time Out

 

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