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Sir Thomas Allen directs The Marriage of Figaro: the first production of the Royal College of Music Opera Studio

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24, 26, 28 & 30 November, 1 December

Michael Rosewell conductor
Sir Thomas Allen 
Lottie Higlett 

The Marriage of Figaro – Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

Esteemed baritone and Royal College of Music (RCM) alumnus Sir Thomas Allen returns to the College to direct a rousing performance of Mozart’s beloved comic opera The Marriage of Figaro. Sir Thomas was Artist in Resident at the RCM in 2017 and has hosted several masterclasses at the College. His production will be the first of the newly launched RCM Opera Studio.

Celebrated alumna Sarah-Jane Brandon returns to the RCM for the production to perform the coveted role of the countess and offer mentorship to her fellow cast members. Sarah-Jane was the winner of the 2009 Kathleen Ferrier Award and is in high demand on the international opera circuit. She shares the role with recent RCM graduate Josephine Goddard, whose performances as a soloist at Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Southbank Centre have been highly praised.

Sir Thomas Allen comments: ‘It is an honour to direct the accomplished singers and alumni of the RCM Opera Studio in one of Mozart’s most entertaining operas. The young performers bring enormous energy and talent to the production. As a Royal College of Music alumnus I am pleased to see the College’s operatic training provision going from strength-to-strength and its talented young singers receiving the best possible musical education.’

The RCM Opera Studio replaces the current RCM International Opera School, building on its international reputation for producing some of the world’s most talented young vocal artists. The new name reflects a bespoke approach to the final stages of training and a desire to expose singers to the very highest levels of vocal, dramatic and artistic expression.

The Marriage of Figaro is a timeless tale of love, revenge and deception. Composed in 1786, the opera has all the ingredients of a modern rom com. In the intimate setting of the RCM’s Britten Theatre, watch courtship turn to chaos and lose yourself in Mozart’s timeless melodies as the talented cast guide us through mishaps, misunderstandings and mistaken identities. Will our hero finally get his bride?

The RCM’s production is sung in Italian with English surtitles. As is traditional for RCM opera productions, two casts will alternate performances, giving as many accomplished young singers as possible the chance to take to the RCM’s Britten Theatre stage.

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce casting for the Winter Season 2018, its plans for a year-long cycle of history plays from February 2019, and Globe Associates, to include Sean Holmes, who is to become Associate Artistic Director.

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Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce casting for the Winter Season 2018, its plans for a year-long cycle of history plays from February 2019, and Globe Associates, to include Sean Holmes, who is to become Associate Artistic Director.

Michelle Terry, Artistic Director, said: “As the UK approaches its exit of the EU, our theatre will present a cycle of history plays, providing a unique opportunity to rediscover how Shakespeare perceived ‘this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England’. Richard II in this year’s Winter Season begins a year-long exploration of what our sceptered isle looks like now, presenting a journey through history via Henry IV, Henry VHenry VI, and Richard III.

I am so proud to announce my core team of Associate Artists who will help guide and deliver on the season, as well as support the development and continuing exploration of The Globe Ensemble. The Ensemble allows us to truly explore the DNA of Shakespeare’s plays, all of which were written bespoke for a company of players and made for the architecture of our unique play houses. Most of the artists have worked with us in some capacity this season and I am so excited to welcome Sean Holmes to the Globe family. Sean’s unprecedented experience on Secret Theatre will provide invaluable insight into a process and a practice that is so important to me and to the work that we are experimenting with at Shakespeare’s Globe.”

Sean Holmes said: Michelle’s vision for the Globe is exciting, inclusive and bold – focused on the centrality of ensemble and the honest and open relationship between actors and audience that it engenders. It’s an honour and a privilege to be invited to join Michelle’s team and to help deliver this vision in all its surprising, dynamic and enjoyable glory.”


Sean Holmes will join the Globe as Associate Artistic Director. He recently announced his departure from the Lyric Hammersmith after almost a decade as Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive. Sean’s tenure at the Lyric included programming game-changing shows such as Three Kingdoms, directing 22 productions, including the Olivier Award-winning Blasted, the world-wide hit Ghost Stories, the ground-breaking Secret Theatre project, and the first stage version of Bugsy Malone in over a decade. He introduced Pantomime to the Lyric, and, through its ground-breaking work with young people, ensured the Lyric was accessible, welcoming and inclusive. Ticket prices remained affordable over his tenure, with a programme of Free First Nights welcoming more than 25,000 people living and working locally. Sean also jointly oversaw the Lyric’s capital development project, beginning in 2012, reopening the theatre in 2015.

The upcoming The Winter’s Tale live cinema broadcast is booked into over 400 cinemas, the largest theatrical footprint the Globe has achieved so far. Bankside audience numbers remain high, whilst the touring productions reached over 16,000 people outside of London. Globe Player continues to provide international audiences with access to over 60 filmed Shakespeare plays, and expanding its digital content, the Globe most recently launched a podcast, Such Stuff.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
7 November 2018 – 2 February 2019
Press night: 14 November 2018
Director: Robert Hastie
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
1 December 2018 – 2 February 2019
Press night: 6 December 2018
Director: Paulette Randall
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Richard II by William Shakespeare
22 February – 21 April 2019
Press night: 27 February 2019
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Captioned performances:
Macbeth: 13 December 2018, 7.30pm

Doctor Faustus: 30 January 2019, 7.30pm
Richard II: 17 April 2019, 7.30pm

Relaxed performances:
Macbeth: 18 January 2019, 7.30pm
Doctor Faustus: 29 January 2019, 7.30pm
Richard II: 28 March 2019, 7.30pm

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