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Following their five-star production of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Michael Chance and Robert Howarth join forces again to lead the musical direction in another wonderful story from the classical world. Anna Bonitatibus heads a world-class cast
The Barber of Seville
Based on the first of the Beaumarchais plays that revolve around the Almavivas and Figaro, Le Barbier de Séville, Rossini’s Barber, one of operas greatest masterpieces of comedy, will be conducted by Rossini specialist David Parry. Jose Maria Lo Monoco plays Rosina
The Abduction from the Seraglio – John Copley
With five-star reviews across the board for Albert Herring, John Copley returns to direct Mozart’s first comic masterpiece in a specially commissioned English translation by David Parry. Kiandra Howarth and Ed Lyon lead the cast as Kontanze and Belmonte

The Grange Festival 2018 summer season opens on 7 June with three brand new opera productions

The Grange, Northington,
Alresford, Hampshire,
SO24 9TG

The Theatre is situated between the M3 and the A31, NE of Winchester.

The Grange Festival 2018 summer season opens on 7 June with three brand new opera productions – Handel’s Agrippina, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, and Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio – as well as two evenings of dance in a first for a country-house opera festival and a star-studded production of Bernstein’s Candide to coincide with Bernstein 100.

Agrippina – After her critically-acclaimed performance in last year’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, Anna Bonitatibus returns to The Grange Festival to sing the title-role in one of Handel’s best loved operas. Artistic Director Michael Chance and conductor Robert Howarth again join forces on the musical direction along with the Academy of Ancient Music, and the world-class cast includes countertenor Raffaele PeStefanie TrueAshley Riches and Jonathan Best. 8, 16, 23, 28 June | 6 July 

The Barber of Seville – Internationally-renowned conductor and Rossini specialist David Parry conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestrathrough one of opera’s greatest comedic masterpieces. Stephen Barlow directs, making his debut at The Grange, and the production features a stellar international cast including John Irvin, Jose Maria Lo MonocoRiccardo Novaro and Jennifer Rhys-Davies,  9, 15, 17, 22, 27, 30 June

The Abduction from the Seraglio – John Copley returns to The Grange Festival after last year’s 5* production of Albert Herring to direct this brand-new production of Mozart’s first comic masterpiece, in a new English translation by David Parry. Kiandra Howarth and Ed Lyon lead the cast as Kontanze and Belmonte. 24, 26, 29 June | 1, 7 July 

Shakespeare's Globe announces festival of events for Refugee Week

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the programme for a new festival of events marking Refugee Week between Sunday 17 and Sunday 24 June. One-off performances, discussions and storytelling sessions throughout the week will explore Shakespeare’s response to refuge and refugees.

On Sunday 17 June, Syrian artist Dima Karout will lead a hands-on woodcut printing workshop, Fingerprints. Participants will create a simplified sketch inspired by personal experience, memories, family objects and photos which will be carved, inked and printed to form a collective artwork exploring the evolution of identity.

Also on Sunday, a Read Not Dead script-in-hand performance of Sir Thomas More will take to the stage in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, bringing to life the plight of refugees and the May Day Riots of 1517. As with all Read Not Dead shows, actors will have just one day to rehearse the play before they present it to the audience.

On Wednesday 20 June, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will play host to a two-part dance performance Fragments of a Journey, an informal showing of work performed by refugees which will explore the theme of displacement. Hawiyya dance company, which brings women together to explore identity, culture and resistance through dance, will first present Safar: Journey. Drawing on traditional folkloric Arab-Dabke dance, the performance will celebrate the resilience of refugee women. Afterwards, male refugees working with Single Homeless Project and Palestinian theatre-makerMo’min Swaitat will present Fragments, depicting journeys to the unknown, memories, and the shattering and reintegration of cultures.

The festival continues with the premiere of Nanjing, a piece about identity, dispossession, and the consequences of war. Written and performed by Jude Christian, it tells the story of the Nanjing Massacre of 1937, frequently referred to as the Rape of Nanking.

On Friday 22 June, Blanche McIntyre’s production of The Winter’s Tale opens in The Globe. Exploring refuge, rage and forgiveness, the play will open during Refugee Week and run until Sunday 14 October.

Panel discussion Whither Would You Go’ will take place on Saturday 23 June in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. An examination of the global importance of imagination and empathy, this panel will use theatre and art to connect to the themes of Refugee Week. Panellists will include members of the Globe to Globe Hamlet company and theatre director Jessica BaumanThe Hamletcompany toured every country in the world between 2014 and 2016 including refugee camps in Calais, Zataari and Djibouti. Jessica has worked extensively in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya and with migrants and asylum seekers in New York.

The festival closes on Sunday 24 June with two events for families. Renowned children’s author Nicola Davies will present her new picture book The Day War Came, explaining the inspiration and motives behind the story which depicts the plight of child refugees. A special Refugee Week storytelling session of Twelfth Night will take place in the afternoon in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, as Globe Storytellers cast new light on the displaced Viola and Sebastian. 

Grammy Award-winning maverick pianist, entertainer and composer Chilly Gonzales to play four UK shows in September

Friday 7 September – LONDON Cadogan Hall
Saturday 8 September – LEEDS Howard Assembly Rooms
Monday 10 September – LONDON Queen Elizabeth Hall
Tuesday 11 September – MANCHESTER Royal Northern College of Music

The Grammy-winning Canadian pianist and entertainer is known as much for the intimate piano touch of best-selling albums Solo Piano Iand Solo Piano II as for his showmanship and composition for award-winning stars. Gonzo, as he is known to close collaborators, aims to be a man of his time, approaching the piano with classical and jazz training but with the attitude of a rapper.

Chilly Gonzales holds the Guinness world record for the longest solo concert at over 27 hours. He performs and writes songs with Jarvis Cocker, Feist and Drake, among others.

2018 sees the return of Chilly Gonzales to the stage with an intimate hour of pieces from the Solo Piano album cycle, after which he is joined by Stella Le Page on cello and Joe Flory on drums to perform hits and hidden surprises from the rest of his repertoire, interspersed with his unique playful explanations about how music works.

The King's Head Theatre presents Hamilton (Lewis)

Hamilton (Lewis) is the epic story of a self-starter, who worked a lot harder, by being a lot faster.

Born and raised in Stevenage, this is the musical story of the most successful British F1 driver in the history of the sport. Blending hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, discover the petrol-fuelled thrills and spills of the life of Hamilton (Lewis) then, as told by Hamilton (Lewis) now.

A brand new musical parody guaranteed to have you in hysterics all the way to the finish line. Not in any way endorsed by Lin-Manuel Miranda… or Hamilton… (Lewis)… or the Pussycat Dolls. From the Olivier award nominated producers… but not the winners of 11 Tony Awards!

★★★★★ “Sperring’s direction is so slick and witty”
The Daily Telegraph on The Toxic Avenger

Hamilton (Lewis) is directed by Benji Sperring, director of smash hit musicals The Toxic Avenger (Southwark Playhouse, Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and West End) and Shock Treatment (King’s Head Theatre) with musical direction by David Eaton of The Mikado, King Tut: A Pyramid Panto (King’s Head Theatre) and written by Fiona English, writer of 1127 (Cambridge Junction, Greenbelt) and This is Happening (Greenbelt).

“the King’s Head Theatre has a well-known reputation for producing innovative and unique shows” Broadway World

The King’s Head Theatre was established in 1970 and is one of London’s leading fringe venues. Passionate about championing ethically produced fringe theatre, we are known for our challenging work and support of young artists. This year we are proud to be associated with four productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe:Hamilton (Lewis)(sorry)Trainspotting (in association with Seabright Productions) and Free & Proud (in association with Em-Lou Productions). We are committed to fighting prejudice through the work we stage, the artists and staff we work with and by producing work for minority audience groups. We believe in fair pay for all on the fringe and create accessible routes for early career artists to stage their work; work we are passionate about.

Trojan Women directed by Ong Keng Sen

Singaporean director Ong Keng Sen

Singaporean director Ong Keng Sen breathes new life into the third tragedy of Euripides’ trilogy in this contemporary opera. Trojan Women fuses modern music and pansori, the 400-year-old Korean genre of storytelling, with the classic Greek tragedy. Troy may be defeated, but never forgotten – and its women endure as survivors amid the aftermath of a ten-year war with the Greeks.

Ong Keng Sen’s epic paints the parallels between the trauma and wrath faced by the Trojan women and the pain Korean women have lived through across decades of war and division. Through the waves of the pansori music, the women make this story their own, celebrating the importance of female solidarity in the face of adversity through music and movement.

Composed by the acclaimed pansori master Ahn Sook-sun, in collaboration with Jung Jae-iI, a producer at the forefront of the K-pop scene, Trojan Women features a cast of 25 singers, actors and musicians melding ancient and modern art forms. The production took Seoul by storm when it premiered in 2016 and enjoyed a sell-out run at the Singapore International Festival of Arts last year. This London performance is the first time the National Changgeuk Company of Korea, a leading resident company of the National Theater of Korea, have performed in the UK.

Queen Elizabeth Hall 2 - 3 June

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