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Ruth & The Dark Lady of the Sonnets
On from 28 Feb 2018 till 04 Mar 2018
All Around Town
by Philip Hagemann
Genre(s): Classic

Tickets: £15 - £35

About: Ruth & The Dark Lady of the Sonnets

Ruth is based on the biblical story, one of only two books in the Bible named after a woman. This adaptation is a tale of acceptance, sacrifice and loyalty with Ruth, a Moabite marrying the Israeli, Boaz. The second opera is The Dark Lady of the Sonnets by George Bernard Shaw, a fun one-act piece that reimagines the first meeting between William Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth. While Shakespeare is in a secret relationship with a lady of the royal court he is enamoured with the Queen. As Shakespeare juggles both women’s tempers and desires, he finds himself inspired to write new material.

Ruth will be performed by soprano Alison Buchanan, Boaz will be performed by Byron Jackson (Porgy and Bess – English Touring Opera, Idomeneo – Birmingham Opera Company and Anna Nicole – Royal Opera House) and Naomi by Kamilla Dunstan. For The Dark Lady of the Sonnets – Sarah Champion plays Queen Elizabeth, Annabelle Williams (I Am – Royal Albert Hall, Mahagonny – English National Opera and Caroline or Change – National Theatre) plays The Dark Lady; and Oliver Brignal (The Fantastic Mr Fox – Opera Holland Park); as William Shakespeare.

Celebrated soprano Alison Buchanan is the winner of many prestigious awards including the Kathleen Ferrier (Decca Prize), the Luciano Pavarotti, the Washington International and the Maggie Teyte competitions. Composer and conductor for the production Philip Hagemann is from America. Director Eduardo Barreto is the founder of Requiem Productions.
Actors Church Covent Garden, Bedford Street, London WC2E 9ED. www.actorschurch.org

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