Duke of York's

104 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG GB

The Moderate Soprano

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Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

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Tell us more about David Hare.

Hare is a renowned British playwright and screenwriter. He received two Oscar nominations for his adapted screenplays of The House and The Reader and has won two Olivier awards (with a further six nominations) for his shows Skylight and Racing Demon. The Moderate Soprano is one of his most recent works, premiering at Hampstead Theatre in 2015 and now is his latest show to transfer to the West End.

Well known indeed then! Who else will be involved in this transfer?

Director Jeremy Herrin is accompanying the transfer, having directed the original production in 2015. He is Artistic Director of Headlong Theatre, which has been behind many of the West End’s most progressive works in the last few years – People, Places & Things, The Nether, 1984 and Chimerica to name just a few. Herrin and Headlong were also involved in Hare’s last piece before The Moderate Soprano, an adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull.

Leading the cast are Olivier Award winners Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll. Allam is best known on stage for originating the role of Javert in Les Misérables, as well more recently appearing in the politically charged Limehouse and as Prospero in The Tempest at The Globe. Carroll last appeared in Woyzeck at The Old Vic alongside John Boyega. Between the two of them, they have racked up seven Olivier Award wins and nominations.

A strong cast and creative team. What’s the show about?

Strong indeed – one more name to complete the team is designer Bob Crowley, multiple Tony Award winner and both theatre and opera set designer.

The Moderate Soprano looks at the founding of one of Britain’s most prolific operatic institutions, Glyndebourne. It began in 1934, when opera fan John Christie married Canadian soprano Audrey Mildmay, met a trio of Nazi Germany refugees and decided to set up the opera house as an annex to their main property. Fast forward 84 years and Christie’s grandson Gus now runs the business, a financially independent organisation (and always has been) that attracts the best in global operatic singers for its summer season.

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Excellent acting, compelling characters.

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Terrific play about origins of English country opera house

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Duke of York's
104 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG GB

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  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Member of Q-Park scheme
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair/scooter access

Theatre Info

  • Capacity: 659
  • Year built: 1892