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Berwick Festival Opera 2017

Berwick Festival Opera: Cox and Box, plus ‘…And Sullivan’ a brand new one-act companion play

Tickets: £20 (£18 concs), accompanied under 16s go FREE (two free tickets per adult)
Venue: Main House Theatre
Groups Group Discount buy 10 tickets & get 11th free (unless otherwise specified)
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COX AND BOX

A comic opera with libretto by F C Burnand and music by Arthur Sullivan.

Berwick Festival Opera’s latest joyful foray into Victorian comic opera is a slight detour from our previous full scale outings (Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and Iolanthe) - a studio performance of Cox and Box.  

A mini opera based on a popular 1847 farce by John Maddison Morton, and a youthful Sullivan's first comic opera, this one act musical masterpiece pre-dates his stellar 25 year partnership with W S Gilbert (which started in 1871) by 5 years. F C Burnand was a well know librettist of the time and sometime editor of Punch.
 
This frivolous yet charming tale, full of sparkling tunes and musical humour, is about a landlord (Sergeant Bouncer) who double lets a room to two lodgers, one working nights as a printer and one working days as a hatter. All is well until one of the men has the day off, they meet each other in a way that’s far too close for comfort, and tempers flare...  

Starring:
Phil Gault (Don Giovanni, The Silken Ladder / La scala di seta)
Austin Gunn (Don Giovanni, The Vampyre, Iolanthe, The Silken Ladder, The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, Dido and Aeneas)
Christopher Jacklin (The Silken Ladder, Pirates of Penzance)
 
“…. & SULLIVAN!”

Arthur Sullivan was a publicly performed composer by the age of 8, acclaimed as the saviour of English Music when barely into his twenties, and wealthy, knighted and dead at the age of 58. This bitter-sweet one-act musical play by Matthew Rooke explores the tensions that defined Sullivan’s professional standing and his self-image  - the more the public loved him, the more the critics hated him, and  the more he hated himself. 

Starring:
Phil Gault
Austin Gunn
Christopher Jacklin
Euan McIver

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Year: 2017
The Maltings Theatre & Cinema is operated by The Maltings (Berwick) Trust Registered Charity No: 701194