Originally a novel by DuBose Heyward, who later adapted it for the stage, Porgy and Bess tells the story of the cripple Porgy and the residents of Charleston's famed Catfish Row. Heyward later collaborated with George and Ira Gershwin to create the 1935 musical whose now-classic songs include "Summertime", "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'" and "It Ain't Necessarily So".
The US-produced company - drawn from some of America's leading opera companies - are accompanied by a 14-piece orchestra. In the UK, Elizabeth Graham and La Rose Saxon alternate in the role of Bess, while Samuel Clark Stevenson and Cedric Cannon share the role of Porgy. The production is directed by Will Roberson and designed by James Fouchard, with costumes by Candace Donnelly and lighting by John McLain.
Following Northampton, Porgy and Bess visits Liverpool, Nottingham, Scarborough, Cork, Limerick, Dublin, Wimbledon, Croydon, Bournemouth, Lowestoft, Eastbourne, Southend, Buxton, Sheffield, Leicester, Birmingham, Norwich, Cardiff, Llandudno and Aberdeen before continuing its international schedule.
- by Hannah Kennedy