Nancy Carroll and Roger Allam in The Moderate Soprano
Nancy Carroll and Roger Allam in The Moderate Soprano
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David Hare's The Moderate Soprano will have its West End premiere next spring.

Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll will star in the production, reprising their roles from the original Hampstead Theatre production, which ran in 2015.

Directed by Jeremy Herrin (who also directed the original production), the show explores the life of Glyndebourne founder John Christie (Allam) and his relationship with soprano Audrey Mildmay (Carroll) on the eve of the Second World War.

Hare said: "Few people know the extraordinary story of how an eccentric English schoolmaster bumped accidentally into three refugees from Hitler's Germany, and formed one of the world's great opera houses in the 1930s in the middle of the English countryside. But even fewer know that Glyndebourne's true founder was John Christie's adored wife, Audrey Mildmay, whom he called ‘the moderate soprano'."

In his five-star review of the original production, critic Michael Coveney described the piece as "an artfully compiled mosaic, and it glints and ripples with exquisite acting."

Hare recently received the Gielgud Award for his work.

The Moderate Soprano runs at the Duke of York's Theatre from 12 April to 30 June with previews from 5 April.

Buy tickets for The Moderate Soprano from 10am on 16 December