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Mandela Trilogy – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer and Director: Michael Williams Music: Peter Louis van Dijk and Mike Campbell Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Vibrant and pulsating with the throb and beat of South Africa, Mandela is not only a unique piece of musical theatre but a history lesson. Told in three distinct acts, it is the story of a man whose strong beliefs and tenacity carried him ...

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Porgy & Bess – The Mayflower, Southampton

Writers: George Gershwin, Dubose &Dorothy Heyward &Ira Gershwin Director: Christine Crouse Reviewer: Sarah Louise Forrester [rating: 4]   The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton is transported to the relocated shanty towns of South Africa in a moving production of ‘Porgy &Bess’. The set design is very authentic and gives a real insight into the poverty and futility of the community during the ...

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Porgy and Bess – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Music: George Gershwin Book and Lyrics: DuBose &Dorothy Heyward &Ira Gershwin Director: Christine Crouse Conductor: Albert Horne Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree [rating:4]   Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre this week plays host to Cape Town Opera’s production of the Gershwins’ ‘Porgy and Bess’. The majority of the action takes place in a slum – Catfish Row – depicted in the scenery and design ...

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Porgy and Bess – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: Christine Crouse Music: Gershwin Reviewer: Emily Pearce [Rating: 4]   Following on from their 2009 venture, Cape Town Opera returns to the Wales Millennium Centre with Gershwin’s jazz opera, Porgy and Bess, as part of a lengthier tour throughout the UK. The storyline communicated here could easily focus on the darker elements of the plot; the racism, the oppression, ...

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The Mandela Trilogy – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: Michael Williams Music: Alan Stephenson, Mike Campbell &Peter Louis van Dijk Book &Lyrics: Michael Williams Reviewer: Emily Pearce [Rating:4] The Mandela Trilogy is a three act new opera, written specifically for the South African company Cape Town Opera, with each part highlighting specific moments in Nelson Mandela’s life and interspersed with almost-narration from Mandela reflecting on his imprisonment. Each ...

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Porgy and Bess, Cape Town Opera, Festival Theatre – Edinburgh

Libretto: Dubose and Dorothy Heward Lyrics: Ira Gershwin Music: George Gershwin Director: Christine Crouse Conductor: Albert Horne Reviewer: Val Baskott [rating:4.5] Most of us know Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess from the iconic songs alone, such asSummertime, I got plenty of nuttin’, It ain’t necessarily so, Bess, you is my woman now, I loves you Porgy but don’t know the context. ...

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