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The Moderate Soprano - production images released

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PRODUCTION images have been released from David Hare’s critically acclaimed play The Moderate Soprano. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: David Hare’s critically acclaimed play The Moderate Soprano will receive its West End premiere next spring at the Duke of York’s Theatre, where it runs from April 12 (previews from April 5) to June 30, 2018.

Jeremy Herrin, whose celebrated production enjoyed a sold out run at Hampstead Theatre in 2015, will return to direct the play with brand new set and costume designs by the multi award-winning theatre and opera designer, Bob Crowley.

Olivier Award winners Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll will reprise the roles of Glyndebourne founder John Christie and soprano Audrey Mildmay. Further casting for the West End is still to be announced.

The two great passions in John Christie’s life were opera and a beautiful young soprano, Audrey Mildmay, with whom he was completely smitten. Together with his formidable drive, they fuelled what many first saw as a monumental folly in the South Downs. Glyndebourne was triumphantly born amidst stiff manhattans, rolling lawns and the sound of sheep from across the HaHa. It was to become revered the world over.

David Hare’s play is the story of an intense love affair and the unrelenting search for artistic excellence in the face of searing scrutiny, sacrifice and the impending Second World War.

David Hare said: “Few people know the extraordinary story of how an eccentric English schoolmaster bumped accidentally into three refugees from Hitler’s Germany, and formed one of the world’s great opera houses in the 1930s in the middle of the English countryside. But even fewer know that Glyndebourne’s true founder was John Christie’s adored wife, Audrey Mildmay, whom he called ‘the moderate soprano.”

Gus Christie said: “I am delighted that David Hare’s play about the origins of Glyndebourne, which sheds light on my grandparents’ extraordinary vision and the creative tensions that existed in pulling it off, is coming to the West End in the Spring”.

Roger Allam’s extensive theatre work includes Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, The Seagull, Les Miserables (RSC); Limehouse and Privates on Parade (Donmar Warehouse – Olivier Award 2002 for Best Actor); The Moderate Soprano, Seminar and The Giant (Hampstead Theatre); The Tempest and Henry IV parts 1 and 2 (Globe Theatre – Olivier Award 2011 for Best Actor); La Cage Aux Folles (Duke of York’s Theatre); The Way of the World, Democracy, Afterlife, Lear, The Cherry Orchard, Summerfolk, Troilus and Cressida – Clarence Derwent Award, Money – Olivier Award 2000 for Best Supporting Actor and Albert Speer (National Theatre); and Boeing Boeing (Comedy Theatre).

Nancy Carroll’s numerous theatre credits include Young Marx (Bridge Theatre); Woyzeck (Old Vic); Closer and The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse); The Magistrate, After the Dance – Olivier Award 2011 for Best Actress, Natasha Richardson Award at 2010 Evening Standard Awards, The Enchantment, The Man of Mode, The Voysey Inheritance, The False Servant and The Talking Cure (National Theatre); Twelfth Night, Henry IV parts 1 and 2 – Ian Charleson Awards Commendation, As You Like It, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and A Winter’s Tale (RSC); and Arcadia (Duke of York’s Theatre).

Jeremy Herrin is Artistic Director of Headlong, for which he has directed Labour of Love (Noël Coward Theatre), People, Places & Things (National Theatre/West End/UK Tour/New York), The House They Grew Up In (Chichester Festival Theatre), Common (National Theatre), Junkyard (Bristol Old Vic/Theatr Clwyd/Rose Theatre Kingston), Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (UK Tour), The Absence of War (UK Tour) and The Nether (at the Royal Court and in the West End).

David Hare is a playwright and film-maker. He has written over thirty stage plays which include Plenty, Pravda (with Howard Brenton), The Secret Rapture, Racing Demon, Skylight, Amy’s View, The Blue Room, Via Dolorosa, Stuff Happens, South Downs, The Absence of War, The Judas Kiss and The Red Barn. In a millennial poll of the greatest plays of the 20th century, five of the top 100 were his.

The Moderate Soprano is produced in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw, Nia Janis and Nick Salmon for Playful Productions, Caro Newling for Neal Street Productions, Karl Sydow and Greg Ripley-Duggan for Hampstead Theatre, in association with Raymond Gubbay and Bob Bartner.

Tickets: From £15 – available from the box office on 0844 871 7623 or online at themoderatesoprano.com/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm (first Thursday matinee on April 19).

Also at the Duke of York’s Theatre: the West End transfer of the Almeida’s production of Ink (until January 6) and the West End transfer of Robert Icke’s acclaimed Almeida production of Mary Stuart (January 15 to March 31, 2018).