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Coraline is the latest opera from Mark-Anthony Turnage. Turnage is one of today's leading composers and a highly successful opera writer, acclaimed internationally for works including Greek, The Silver Tassie and Anna Nicole, his first Covent Garden commission. For Coraline, his second work for The Royal Opera, he adapts a much-loved story by Neil Gaiman - a British writer who has transformed the landscape of fantasy literature with his highly imaginative, atmospheric and otherworldly narratives. Coraline is classic Gaiman: it is packed with astonishing imagery, all wrapped up in an engrossing yarn. After its publication in 2002 Coraline swept up numerous awards, including Nebula and Hugo awards for Best Novella. In 2009 it was adapted into a stop-motion film directed by Henry Selick - which also received widespread acclaim.
Gilbert and Sullivan's last collaboration and possibly their least known. Ludwig, an actor, replaces Rudolph, the miserly Grand Duke of Pfenning Halbfenning, after 'killing' Rudolph by drawing the Ace in a statutory duel! By assuming all of Rudolph's obligations, he soon find himself with far more wives, and prospective wives than he knows what to do with.
Grindr: The Opera! puts the most notorious gay hook-up app into the exaggerated world of opera. With musical styles ranging from baroque to contemporary pop, Grindr: The Opera! is a daring, humorous look at the changing landscape of gay relationships, and the greatest catalyst for the shift: Grindr.
A comic operetta with a Japanese theme. Songs such as 'Three Little Maids from School', 'A Wandering Minstrel', 'A Most Humane Mikado' etc. One of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular works. In the town of Titipu, local government has fallen into the hands of two dubious characters: Ko-Ko, in charge of public executions; and Pooh-Bah, who has a finger in every pie. A young man arrives who, unknown to most, is Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado. Fleeing an arranged marriage to the elderly Katisha, he falls for the beautiful Yum-Yum, Ko-Ko's fiancée. When the Mikado arrives, thirsty for executions, Ko-Ko thinks he has the perfect plan...until Katisha turns up, bent on revenge.
Irrational Theatre presents a Triptych treat for opera lovers and those who want to dip their toes in with this rare and special chance to see these three comic gems: A fun tale of mixed fortunes in Offenbach's Le 66, performed for the first time in the UK with an English Libretto. Peter Reynolds' Sands of Time; credited by Guinness World Records as the shortest opera on earth at 3 min 34, intended to 'match the boiling of an egg'. A new comic opera commission by John Whittaker: The Proposal based on an early Chekhov satire. You may never get to see them again - so here's your chance.