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A Hand Of Bridge/The Sands of Time/Le 66 – Arcola, London

Writer: Samuel Barber, Peter Reynolds and Jacques Offenbach Director: Paula Chitty Reviewer: Miriam Sallon Owing to the fact that three operettas are performed within an hour, it seems unfair to ask that any of them pack a real punch- there just isn’t time. That being said, there is plenty of time for light entertainment and a little comedy. And with ...

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Can-Can! – Union Theatre, London

Adaptor and Lyricist: Phil Willmott Composers: Jacques Offenbach and his contemporaries Director: Phil Setren Reviewer: Stephen Bates After Mythic and Hadestown London may have had enough of the Orpheus myth for now, so it is welcome news that this new musical entertainment borrows the overture, but not the plot, from Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Orpheus in the Underworld. It is the ...

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The Tales of Hoffmann – Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Composer: Jacques Offenbach English Version: Jeff Clarke Director: James Bonas Conductor: Philip Sunderland Reviewer: Christy Ku Based on E.T.A Hoffman’s dark and twisted short stories The Sandman, Councillor Crespel and The Adventures of New Year’s Eve, the English Touring Opera brings its version of Jacques Offenbach’s operatic adaptation to the Northcott. The character Hoffman (Sam Furness) sits in a tavern ...

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ETO: The Tales of Hoffmann – Theatre Royal, Bath

Composer: Jacques Offenbach Conductor: Philip Sunderland Director: James Bonas Reviewer: Claire Hayes Jacques Offenbach’s darkly fantastical The Tales of Hoffmann has had many incarnations since its first public performance in 1881. Now English Touring Opera’s new production, sung in English with surtitles, sets it in the 1920s world of early cinema; the eponymous protagonist transforming from a poet into a ...

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