Cox and Box
Date: Fri 17 November 2017 8pm & Sat 18 November 2pm & 8pm
Venue: Henry Travers Studio, The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Cox and Box
Berwick Festival Opera’s latest joyful foray into Victorian comic opera is a slight detour from our previous full scale outings (Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and Iolanthe) - a studio performance of Cox and Box.
A mini opera based on a popular 1847 farce by John Maddison Morton, and a youthful Sullivan's first comic opera, this one act musical masterpiece pre-dates his stellar 25 year partnership with W S Gilbert (which started in 1871) by 5 years. F C Burnand was a well know librettist of the time and sometime editor of Punch.
This frivolous yet charming tale, full of sparkling tunes and musical humour, is about a landlord (Sergeant Bouncer) who double lets a room to two lodgers, one working nights as a printer and one working days as a hatter. All is well until one of the men has the day off, they meet each other in a way that’s far too close for comfort, and tempers flare...
“…. & SULLIVAN!”
Arthur Sullivan was a publicly performed composer by the age of 8, acclaimed as the saviour of English Music when barely into his twenties, and wealthy, knighted and dead at the age of 58. This bitter-sweet one-act musical play by Matthew Rooke explores the tensions that defined Sullivan’s professional standing and his self-image - the more the public loved him, the more the critics hated him, and the more he hated himself.
Age guidance: Suitable for all ages .
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