The Moderate Soprano at the 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.


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.


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


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


Coming Soon.


Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes