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Duke of York Theatre, London
David Hare’s magnificent new play about the love story at the heart of the foundation of Glyndebourne transfers from its sold-out run at Hampstead Theatre to the West End.
In 1934 John Christie, his wife and three refugees from Nazi Germany, founded the annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Christie’s admiration for the works of Wagner lead to an ambitious project: building an opera house on his Sussex estate.
Passion alone may not be enough to see it through; when a famous violinist is accidentally fogged in overnight, Christie first hears word of a group of refugees – Carl Ebert, Fritz Busch and Rudolf Bing, who might be able to deliver Christie’s vision of the sublime… assuming, of course, that they’re willing to cast his wife, the opera singer Audrey Mildmay, in the lead.
- Roger Allam – John Christie
- Nancy Carroll – Audrey Mildmay
Writer: David Hare
Director: Jeremy Herrin
Designer: Bob Crowley
The play runs from 5 April until 30 June 2018. For more information and tickets, please visit ATG Tickets.
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