by Neil LaBute
Regarded as one of the most celebrated American playwrights, Neil LaBute has enthralled audiences all over the world with his layered characters, sharp dialogue and subtle social commentaries. Savio(u)r return to the King's Head Theatre after the success of 2013's Our Town with the London premiere of LaBute's play, Autobahn, directed by Off-West End Award nominee
This short-play cycle follows colorful, complicated people making their way across America's highways and their stops, starts, and stalls along the way. The London cast includes Sharon Maughan (Holby City, The Bank Job, She's Out of My League), Henry Everett (Michael Grandage's
A Midsummer Night's Dream), Tom Slatter (Robot Overloards), and
Zoe Swenson-Graham (Our Town).
27 August - 20 September
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WINNER: Flourish new opera competition 2013
"Evocative and unsettling" THE GUARDIAN
Nominated BEST OPERA PRODUCTION OffWestEnd.com Awards
Exploring a powerful and frightening subject, this world premiere opera, presented by OperaUpClose, is also a lyrical love story. The Blank Canvas tells how a celebrated painter fears that her hallucinations are a sign of madness, but has to confront the fact that they are caused by Charles Bonnet Syndrome - she is going blind.
Three singers represent Lucy, her husband Peter and her agent Gio at different periods in their lives, supported by an inventive score for piano, flute and vibraphone.
Composed by Spyros Syrmos with a libretto by Fay Wrixon.
Four performances only.
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31 August - 21 September
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OperaUpClose's hit production of Verdi's classic at Soho Theatre.
5 August - 14 September
FLOURISH SHOWCASE 2014
Now in its third year, Flourish is a new opera competition run by OperaUpClose in association with Eclectic Opera. This showcase performance will feature extracts from the shortlisted operas, with a winner selected by a panel of industry judges.21 September
Olivier Award winning OperaUpClose present Mozart’s joyous The Marriage of Figaro. Bursting with great tunes, laugh-out-loud comedy and powerful insights into what it is to be human, it's little wonder that this is one of the world’s best-loved operas.
24 September - 8 November
Essex grandmother Lynnie has escaped from her old people's home in Stockthorpe-on-Sea and is holed up in an LA motel, waiting for the right moment to reveal her deepest secret - she is Marilyn Monroe. A new play by Dylan Costello.
28 September - 2 November
A provocative and bold exploration of personal, cultural, and sexual identity as told through Marie, a women working in a sex booth on 42nd Street. David, an anthropologist visits her booth while conducting research for his new book on human sexuality. Neither could have foreseen the outcome. Written by Norris Church Mailer.
12 - 29 November
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Can you believe it? This Christmas is OperaUpClose’s fifth birthday! To celebrate we are reviving three of our best loved productions from over the years. We expect these short seasons to sell out fast, so book your Christmas trips now. If you book for all three, you’ll automatically get 20% off the total ticket price too!
THE ELIXIR OF LOVE
Our 1950s Hollywood version of Donizetti's The Elixir of Love had rave reviews when it opened in February 2013, with the Telegraph saying, "the whole thing fizzes from start to finish", and has been delighting audiences with its technicolour romance ever since.
2 - 13 December
The show that started it all! Our inaugural production in November 2009 went on to three West End transfers, an Olivier Award, a WhatsOnStage award and UK and international tours. Featuring some of your favourite singers, both from the original cast and more recent revivals, La Boheme fittingly runs over Christmas.
16 December - 3 January
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
Our final production of the season was our first opera at the King's Head Theatre in autumn 2010, Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Our adaptation is set in Jane Austen's England and its combination of gentle irony and laugh-out-loud comedy is the perfect antidote to the January blues.
6 - 17 January