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 Eales designs 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 a triple bill –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 25th followed 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.

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:

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All other contact details will remain the same.

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 Fledermaus directed 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 (15th June), 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.

Openings 2017

This January Oper Graz in Berlin presents La Rondine lit by Davy Cunningham and with costumes designed by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, opening January 12th. This is followed by  Rigoletto at the Fundacion Opera de Oviedo in Spain, opening January 26th, also lit by Davy Cunningham. In Australia Jon Clark lights a revived production of Krol Rodger for Opera Australia,  opening January 20th in Sydney. From January 2oth Opera di Firenze, Florence, is revives David McVicar’s Faust, designed by Charles Edwards and costumes by Brigitte Reiffenstuel.

In the UK this February, Wyn Davies conducts an Opera North tour of La Cenerentola (Cinderella), opening at the Leeds Grand Theatre on February 16th. Director Irina Brown presents a new production of Chigger Foot Boys with Strong Back Productions, opening at Tara Theatre February 24th. Jon Clark will be lighting a The Winters Tale for the English National Opera, premiering February 27th, while the National Theatre’s Amadeus, also lit by Clark, will be live streamed in cinemas across the UK from February 2nd.

On March 8th the Donmar Warehouse presents a new play, Limehouse, with sets designed by Alex Eales and lit by Jon Clark. Later in the month Alex Eales also designs 4.48 Psychose, staged at the Deutsches Schau Spiel Haus Hamburg, Germany, opening March 24th.

Charles Edwards will be returning to Coro do Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Portugal, to design Tristan und Isolde, opening March 9th.

Several shows are opening in the USA in early 2017, including the world premiere of The Invention of Morel, with libretto written and co-directed by Jonathan Moore, opening at The Chicago Opera Theatre on February 18th. At the Nashville Ballet Sergeant Early’s Dream, lit by John B Read, is being revived on February 9th, while the Royal Opera House’s Der Rosenkavalier will transfer to the Metropolitan Opera in April, featuring costumes by Brigitte Reiffenstuel.


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 TiramaniAndrew 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 Dudley opening 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 McCallin and 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 Reiffenstuel and 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 designed by Charles Edwards and movement direction by Leah Hausman.

Later in the month, Brigitte Reiffenstuel designs costumes for Der Rosenkavalier, opening at The Royal Opera House December 17th.

Finally, over Christmas, Natalia Stewart designs the pantomime Dick Whittington opening December 6th in Peterborough, Kate Flatt choreographs Beauty and the Beast at Watford Palace Theatre on Decmber 2nd. On December 10th, Cinderella opens at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, lit by Wayne Dowdeswell.




Il barbiere di Siviglia to be broadcast to UK cinemas

Between 21st –28th June 2016 Glyndebourne’s sell out production Il barbiere di Siviglia will be broadcast to cinemas across the United Kingdom. Directed by Annabel Arden, with set and costumes designed by Joanna Parker, the production has been described as “sheer visual sophistication” by The Independent who awarded it 5 stars.

For more details on how to find a screening, please go to the Glyndebourne Website.

Watch the Trailer here:

Openings Summer 2016

Over the summer season Wyn Davies will be conducting two operas for the New Zealand Opera company, The Magic Flute, opening May 28th and La Traviata, from 14th July.

In the UK, The Philharmonia Orchestra opens an exploration of Stravinsky’s Journeys at the Royal Festival Hall on May 26th, directed by Irina Brown. Bill Dudley is designing a new production of Ross, Terence Rattigan’s 1960 play about T.E.Lawrence, opening 3rd June at the Chichester Festival Theatre and the ENO’s production of Jenufa opens 23rd June, with sets designed by Charles Edwards.

At the London Almeida Richard III opens June 14th, staring Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave, with lighting by Jon Clark. Jon will also be lighting The Exterminating Angel in Salzburg, opening its world premiere July 28th (opening at the ROH, Metropolitan Opera and Det Kolongie Opera in 2017). Also in Salzburg, a new production of Cosi Fan Tutte opens 29th July, with costumes designed by Mark Bouman.

In Dublin, Davy Cunningham is lighting The Constant Wife for The Gate Theatre, opening 16th June, followed by Turandot at the Bregenz festival, opening 22nd July.

Finally, Chris Ellis will be lighting a reproduction of the Welsh National Opera’s The House of The Dead, opening at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland on 23rd July.

Openings Spring 2016

Hilary Davan Wetton will be conducting in the spring for the Last Night of the Spring Proms at the Royal Festival Hall on April 2nd.

At the Royal Opera House on Thursday 7th April a new production of Lucia Di Lammermoor opens at the Royal Opera House, with lighting by Jon Clark. Later in the spring Kenneth Macmillan’s The Invitation opens on May 28th, with lighting designed by John B Read.

At Glyndebourne there will be two consecutive openings, firstly Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,  choreographed by Andrew George, opens on May 21st, followed by Il Barbiere di Siviglia, directed by Annabel Arden, with sets designed by Joanna Parker, opening on May 22nd.

Over in the US, Lee Blakeley directs a revival of the Paris Châtelet’s The King and I at the Lyric Opera Chicago, with costumes designed by Jean Marc-Puissant, opening on April 29th. This is followed by a new production of Macbeth for Opera Theatre St Louis, also directed by Lee Blakeley with sets designed by Alex Eales, and costumes by Mark Bouman, opening on May 28th.

Kiss Me Kate opening tonight in Paris

“What happens when an idea to adapt a Shakespeare play into a musical turns out to be a bit more complicated than one thought?

A famous director hires his ex-wife, with a strong personality, for the lead role in The Taming of the Shrew. There follows a series of romantic to-ing and fro-ing and amusing misadventures. One of the actors is pursued for his gambling debts right up to the stage by a bunch of gangsters.

It’s a play within a play in its finest form, carried by the wonderful songs of Cole Porter.”

Opening February 3rd 2016, Kiss Me Kate at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris is directed by Lee Blakeley, with costumes designed by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, sets by Charles Edwards and lighting by Emma Chapman.

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Openings to start 2016

A new production of Kiss Me Kate will be opening at Theatre du Châtelet, Paris, on 3 February, directed by Lee Blakeley, costumes designed by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, sets by Charles Edwards and lighting designed by Emma Chapman.

Back here in the UK a production of L’Etoile, lit by Jon Clark premieres 1 February at the Royal Opera House.

Over at the National Theatre a new production of Sarah Kane’s Cleansed, designed by Alex Eales, opens on 20 February. For the English National Opera, Charles Edwards has designed the set for a production of Norma, opening 17 February

In the United States, there will be several openings over the next few months, beginning with Madama Butterfly at the Los Angeles Opera on 12 March, directed by Lee Blakeley, costumes designed by Brigitte Reiffenstuel with sets by Jean Marc Puissant.

This will be followed by the opening of Roberto Devereux on 24 March at The Metropolitan Opera in New York, choreographed by Leah Hausman.

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