Paul Hunter is co-artistic director for the company Told by an Idiot. His production of You Can't Take It With You at the Royal Exchange was a Christmas hit for the Royal Exchange in 2011/12. Told by an Idiot's next show - the comedy Too Clever By Half by Alexandr Ostrovsky, plays at the Royal Exchange Manchester from 10 July to 17 August 2013.
Janacek’s 90-minute Katya Kabanova is amongst the most compact dramas in all opera. The composer’s own libretto, based on Ostrovsky’s 1859 play The Storm, is of such dramatic economy that the storytelling aspect of any production has to be pin-sharp.
English Touring Opera, this year celebrating its 30th birthday, will launch its Spring tour at Hackney Empire on 12 March. The two new productions are The Magic Flute and Katya Kabanova, Janacek’s devastating masterpiece based on Ostrovsky’s The Storm. From there, they will tour to many of their regular venues regionally through to the end of May.