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Openings Autumn and Winter 2017

This Autumn Charles Edwards will be directing, designing and lighting a new production of Pagliacci (The Clowns) for opera North, opening September 16th. Meanwhile in New Zealand, conductor Wyn Davies opens New Zealand Opera’s autumn season with Katya Kabanova, also on September 16th. October will also be a busy month for Performing Arts clients, starting with Elton John’s Glasses at Watford Palace Theatre, lit by Zoe Spurr, opening on October 3rd. Lakme, lit by Zerlina Hughes, opens at Malmo Opera, Sweden, October 7th. On October 19th, La Traviata opens at Scottish Opera, designed by Tanya McCallin, with Andrew George’s choreography revived by Colm Seery. At the The Icelandic Opera on October 21st a new production of Tosca opens , with costumes designed by Natalia Stewart. On October 21st, Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s Hamlet heads out on a tour of the UK, with original lighting by Jon Clark  and fight direction from Nicholas Hall. The month ends with Under Milk Wood, opening at The Watermill Theatre on October 25th, lit by Wayne Dowdeswell. In November, Zoe Spurr lights Phoenix Rising, a new production from The Big House, opening 8th November. In Germany, Alex Ealesdesigns sets for Nicht Ich / Tritte/ He, Joe at the Volksbühne, Berlin, opening on November 18th. Back in the UK, William Dudley designs sets for Post Mortem at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, opening November 23rd. Throughout the Autumn John B Read will be lighting or re-lighting many productions, starting with Bukkene Bruse På Badeland opening September 17th in Jessheim, Norway. In October he will light a Macmillian Triple Bill for Northern Ballet, opening in London October 5th, followed by Song Of The Earth for the English National Ballet, opening 11th October and Concerto and Elite Syncopations for the Royal Ballet, opening October 18th. On October 20th Le sacre du printemps, opens at Národní divadlo, the National Theatre of the Czech Republic. Finally, On October 31st, he lights Marguerite and Armand for the Vienna State Ballet. Lighting Designer Jon Clark is also working on several new productions including Desire Under The Elms at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre opening September 25th, and The Jungle, a new play written for the Young Vic about the refugee crisis in Calais which opens December 16th. From October 15th The Old Vic’s 2016 production of The Lorax, also lit by Jon Clark returns for a limited run in London before heading to Canada for it’s North American premiere at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, opening on December 9th. At New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Leah Hausman choreographs two new productions starting with Norma opening September 25thfollowed by Tosca, opening December 31st.  In October, the International Opera Award winning The Exterminating Angel, lit by Jon Clark, transfers to The Met after stints at The Salzburg Festival and The Royal Opera House.

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Performing Arts Is Moving

After 30 years of Performing Arts being based at 6 Windmill Street, we have decided it’s time for a change. From Friday 16th June Performing Arts new address will be: Performing Arts           Unit A203                        The Biscuit Factory          100 Clements Road London SE16 4DG         All other contact details will remain the same.

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Openings Spring/Summer 2017

This April the International Opera Award nominated The Exterminating Angel transfers to The Royal Opera House, lit by Jon Clark. The Royal Opera House will also be reviving Mayerling, lit by John B Read, while their Der Rosenkavalier with costumes designed by Brigitte Reiffenstuel will open at the New York Metropolitan Opera on Thursday 13th April. Turandot returns to Opera North later in April, designed by Joanna Parker. Davy Cunningham lights a new production of Don Pasquale at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Dusseldorf, opening Saturday 29th April. On the same night in Kazakhstan, Manon opens at the Astana Opera, with costumes coordinated by Natalia Stewart. On May 7th, Metamorphosis arrives at The Vaults on Waterloo, stage designed by Valentina Turtur. On May 9th, a new production of The Importance of Being Earnest, lit by Emma Chapman, opens at the Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Wales, while in Scotland, Die Fledermausdirected by Lee Blakeley and designed by Mark Bouman opens May 13th at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. At the Young Vic, Jon Clark first lights the Life of Galileo, opening May 16th, followed by Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Young Vic’s first production staged at the Apollo Theatre, opening July 13th. On Friday 26th May the first of the Pitlochry Festival 2017 productions lit by Wayne Dowdeswell, High Society, opens. This is followed by Mary Rose (1st June), People (8th June), Absurd Person Singular (15thJune), The Ruling Class (20th July) and finally Europe (24th August), all lit by Wayne Dowdeswell. In June, Kate Flatt will choreograph le nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera, opening Friday 2nd.  The Royal Court presents the world premiere of new play Anatomy of a Suicide on June 8th, designed by Alex Eales. On Sunday 11th, Joanna Parker designs for Carmen at The Grange Festival’s first independent season. On the same evening at Glyndebourne, a new production of Hamlet opens, with fight scenes directed by Nicholas Hall and lit by Jon Clark. On May 27th, La damnation de Faust opens at the Staatsoper Berlin, co-directed by Leah Hausman. Leah will also be working as co-director and movement director on Complicité’s new production of The Rakes Progress, opening at the Festival d’Aix en Provence on July 5th. A new collaboration between Frantic Assembly and the Manchester International Festival, Fatherland, lit by Jon Clark, opens July 5th at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre. On July 10th a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto opens at the Savonlinna Festival in Finland, designed by Tanya McCallin.

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Openings September Onwards

Hard Times, the final show of the Pitlochry Festival season 2016 lit by Wayne Dowdeswell opens on September 1st, while This Happy Breed from the same season transfers to Yvonne Arnaud theatre in Guildford for seven performances between 18th and 22nd October. In Shanghai, China, a new production of Falstaff opens on September 15th, with sets designed by Alex Eales, costumes by Mark Bouman and lighting by Davy Cunningham. In Germany, a new production of The Tales of Hoffmann opens 18th September at the Wuppertaler Buhnen und Sinfonieorchester, designed and directed by Charles Edwards alongside directors Christopher Alden, Inga Levant und Nigel Lowery in a composite production. Later in the month, Alex Eales designs a new production directed by Katie Mitchell:  Shadows: Eurydice Speaks at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin, opening 28thSeptember. Kiss Me Kate (which premiered at the Paris Châtelet earlier this year) is transferring to the Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, opening October 15th. The production is directed by Lee Blakeley and features costumes designed by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, sets by Charles Edwards and lighting designed by Emma Chapman. Over in the United States, the San Francisco opera 2016/17 season opens on September 9th with a revival of Andrea Chenier, featuring costumes designed by Jenny Tiramani. Andrew George’s original choreography for the show is revived by Colm Seery. Back in the UK there are several revivals opening this season including The Merchant of Venice at the Welsh National Opera, lit by Davy Cunningham opening 16th September. The Royal Opera House will be reviving productions La Fille Mal Gardee (opening 27th September) and Anastasia (25th October) both lit by John B. Read, and Les Contes d’Hoffmann, designed by William Dudleyopening November 7th. The hit production of The Commitments will be starting its UK tour on October 3rd, originally lit by Jon Clark. Later in the season he lights a new production of Amadeus for the National Theatre, opening October 26th, and Once In A Lifetime at the Young Vic, opening December 6th. Andrew Lloyd Webbers classic Phantom of the Opera, lit by Andrew Bridge will be making appearances in Paris and Stockholm this autumn, opening at the Cirkus, Stockholm on 14 September and at the Mogador Theatre, Paris on October 13, 2016. Der Rosenkavalier, with costumes designed by Tanya McCallinand choreography by Andrew George is being revived by Opera North, opening at the Leeds Grand Theatre September 17th On October 30th a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor opens at the Theater Bonn, with costumes by Brigitte Reiffenstueland sets by Charles Edwards. William Dudley designs a new production of Comus, directed by Lucy Bailey at the Sam Wannamaker Playhouse, opening November 1st. The Glyndebourne production of Carmen with original Choreography by Andrew George and fight design by Nicholas Hall travels to Goteborg, Sweden opening November 25th. On December 4th a new production of Falstaff opens at Vienna Staatoper, with sets…

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