Projects in 2020
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
23, 26, 27 & 29 June & 1, 3 & 4 July
Two men are engaged to a pair of sisters. A bet is made: with enough temptation, would the sisters remain faithful, or be led astray? The men take up disguises and a farcical seduction begins.
Composed at the height of Mozart’s creativity, Così fan tutte is a witty and sharply satirical look at relationships and human nature. Director and previous winner of the European Opera-directing Prize Sam Brown joins Lesley Anne Sammons (La Calisto, 2019), conducting the Barefoot Band in her own re-imagining and orchestration of the opera, in an English translation.
Message from Longborough Box Office:
“All performances of Così fan tutte are currently sold out. Recent government announcements have suggested that summer may bring new guidelines around social distancing. If we are able to add additional capacity to any of our performances we will announce this through our mailing list.”
Barefoot Opera Community Project present a new work composed by Orlando Bloom with libretto by Stephen Plaice.
Bloom Britannia is our home-grown, professional opera project, three years in the making, telling a story inspired by our lives in Hastings and St. Leonards. With diverse musical influences, characters we can all relate to, quite a few surprises and a lot of laughs… it’s an opera, but not as you know it!
St Magnus Festival
Lesley-Anne performs with the The Weaver Ensemble – Baroque Dance with a twist!
Set on the stage of London’s Drury Lane Theatre in 1717, The Loves of Mars & Venus tells the story of how the English choreographer, John Weaver, fought to achieve his dream of creating a proper dance drama in a world which saw dance as a frivolous (if lucrative) sideline. Weaver uses the story of the love affair between Venus, the goddess of love, and Mars, the god of war, and the revenge of her husband, the god Vulcan, to create the first modern ballet.
(This act is entirely based on historical fact.)
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Brighton Fringe Festival
Blatchington Mill Theatre, Hove
Brighton Festival Fringe First! A compelling mixture of Ahrens and Flaherty’s musical genius delivered by one of the finest company of young performers on the circuit of an award-winning story of family, friendship and acceptance in 1960s Dublin.Winner of the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, A Man of No Importance is the second successful collaboration by the team of Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, all of whom won Tony Awards for Ragtime.
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- Fri15May2020Sat16May202014.30 & 19.30
A compelling mixture of Ahrens and Flaherty’s musical genius delivered by one of the finest company of young performers on the circuit of an awardwinning story of family, friendship and acceptance in 1960s Dublin. Winner of the 2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, A Man of No Importance is the second successful collaboration by the team of Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, all of whom won Tony Awards for Ragtime.
Director Miranda Kingsley, Musical Director Stuart Hutchinson, Choreographer Wendy White and Design by Ryan Dawson-Laight bring the same panache as they did to their previous sensational Ahrens and Flaherty production Lucky Stiff.
Press about the Chichester companies:
University of Chichester students were outstanding! ★★★★★ – Theatre Royal Winchester
Exceptional! I couldn’t believe I was seeing this in Bognor! ★★★★★ – Bognor Regis Observer
Fantastic show! Musically perfect along with punchy dance routines and acting fit for the West End.
Ushaw’s 19th Century Exhibition Hall Theatre, Ushaw, County Durham
Barefoot Opera-known for musical excellence and innovative performance bring Purcell’s affecting opera to life in a single weekend. The cast features established and emerging soloists, and a hand-picked chorus.
Robsack Wood Primary Academy
A children’s opera by Lucy Mulgan commissioned by Barefoot Opera.
A fun retelling of an old Fairy tale with Alice Privett (Red), Jenny Miller (Mum & Granny), Oscar Castellino (Wolfie) accompanied by Lesley-Anne Sammons on Keyboard and Lucy Mulgan on Double Bass