OperaUpClose opens the 2014 season with a double bill of Purcell's exquisite 17th century tragedy and the UK premiere of a Polish 21st century social satire.
Dido & Aeneas tells the story of a powerful female leader undone by her love for the young hero Aeneas. "Great fun and beautifully sung" TIME OUT "Exuberant charm" TELEGRAPH
Katarzyna Brochocka's Young Wife is a gift of a role for solo soprano, accompanied by piano, portraying the pressures and pettiness of a stifling arranged marriage with biting wit. "a tour de force" TIME OUT "intense performance and well-focused direction" METRO
"A bold, beautiful and inclusive evening - there's nothing quite like it in town.” BROADWAY WORLD
Click here to watch the trailer 19 February - 29 March
Fresh from award-winning productions in Melbourne and New York, this funny, touching and totally original Australian musical gets its UK premiere at the King’s Head Theatre in a brand new production directed by Dean Bryant.
Amy McPherson runs the family sheep station in Victoria, Australia. She's held onto the property through drought, bush fire and tumbling wool prices, determined that the McPhersons should have a legacy and a home. But when the family gathers over a scorching long weekend, Amy has to face up to the myths and lies the place has been built upon. Is she holding on or is she stuck?
“A beautiful, poignant piece. It may echo Chekhov and Sondheim but it’s thrillingly pure Oz” - Geoffrey Rush
Book and lyrics by Dean Bryant Music by Mathew Frank
In her new one-woman show using the writings of the woman President Truman called 'The First Lady of the World', Alison Skilbeck explores the public, and hidden life of one of the most extraordinary women of the 20th century.
Carl Djerassi's ingenious psycho-sexual thriller of betrayal and revenge takes us into the lives of some of the greatest celebrity thinkers of our time to expose the uneasy relationship between genius and hypocrisy in us all.