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Opera North: The Merry Widow – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Music by Franz Lehár Book/Lyrics: Victor Léon and Leo Stein  Adaptor: Kit Hesketh-Harvey and Giles Havergala Director: Giles Havergal Conductor: Martin Andre Reviewer: Dave Cunningham For their current visit to The Lowry opera North seem to have discovered relevance. A highly contemporary interpretation of Tosca is followed by a sharply up-to-date adaptation of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow by Kit ...

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The Merry Widow – Leeds Grand

Music: Franz Lehár Libretto: Victor Léon and Leo Stein Director: Giles Havergal Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Opera North’s focus for this season is to link the theme of Before War, and After, for the centenary of the end of the First World War. The Merry Widow made its premiere in 1905, at the height of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in Vienna. Opera ...

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Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill – City Varieties, Leeds

Devised by: Gene Lerner Director: Giles Havergal Musical Director: Martin Pickard Reviewer: Ron Simpson Leeds is not short of quality theatre and it’s good to see the level of co-operation between three of the city’s finest. Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill is a co-production by Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse, staged in the City Varieties, a perfect venue ...

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Travels with My Aunt – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Four men in bowler hats

Writer: Graham Greene Adapter: Giles Havergal Director: Phillip Breen Reviewer: Harriet Brace When a story starts with a funeral it’s usually fair to assume the tale will end as it began – in tragedy. And often with more than a small dose of doom and gloom along the way. Not so Travels with My Aunt. Instead the melancholy affair introduces ...

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Travels With My Aunt – Exeter Northcott

  Writer: Graham Greene Adaptor: Giles Havergal Director: Amanda Knott Reviewer: Lucy Corley   Purse-lipped, anxiously friendly and awkward-but-trying-to-hide-it, Henry Pulling is content to retire from his banking career at 50-something and pursue his interest in dahlias when his elderly mother passes away. His aunt Augusta has other ideas. He reluctantly befriends her at his mother’s funeral and, within two ...

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Travels With My Aunt – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Man walking on beach

Writer: Graham Greene adapted by Giles Havergal Director: Amanda Knott Reviewer: Bill Avenell Giles Havergal’s stage adaptation of Graham Greene’s amusing book is undoubtedly clever. Four actors, play a variation of characters at different times regardless of sex, with only the help of the odd hat or pair of glasses to distinguish between them, and create a world from London ...

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Opera North: The Barber of Seville – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Gioachino Rossini Libretto: Cesare Sterbini Writer: Pierre Canon de Beaumarchais English Translation: Robert David MacDonald Director: Giles Havergal Conductor: Stuart Stratford Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace For opera lovers Rossini’s Barber of Seville is one of the greats. An enduring classic that features regularly in every opera company’s programme that offers a hugely entertaining evening and rarely fails to fill the ...

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The Barber of Seville – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Gioachino Rossini Conductor: Stuart Stratford Director: Giles Havergal Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Opera North’s latest production of The Barber of Seville is joyous and bright, taking on this classic story with a warm nod to tradition and many contemporary laughs. The story takes place in Seville, where the Count Almaviva is trying to woo the young Rosina, who lives under ...

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