Hotspur / Pierrot Lunaire

Hotspur / Pierrot Lunaire

Arcola Theatre · 29 AUG - 01 SEP

A double-bill of operas about love, longing and loss from Dame Gillian Whitehead and Arnold Schoenberg.

Overview

In 14th-century Northumberland, Elizabeth waits on the fringes of civil war while her husband – the famously-volatile Henry ‘Hotspur’ Percy – leads a rebel force against the King. Following the world premiere of Iris Dreaming at Grimeborn 2016, Dame Gillian Whitehead and Fleur Adcock‘s Hotspur is a passionate depiction of a woman torn between public confidence and private despair in the face of devastating loss.

Sung in English with Signdance

Following the moonlit wanderings of the melancholy clown as he yearns for his lover and seeks poetic inspiration, the poignant world of Pierrot Lunaire is brought to life in a new staging from Sara Brodie. Darkly comic, expressionistic and with hints of cabaret, Schoenberg‘s iconic melodrama is one of the most influential musical works of the twentieth century.

Sung in German with Signdance and English surtitles.

Critic reviews

Much about this ambitious evening succeeds but the central issue is that both pieces are very difficult for an untutored ear to appreciate

Broadway World

A double bill of two contrasting monodramas in which one comfortably eclipses the other

The Stage

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 29 Aug & Sun 1 Sep, 7.30pm
Runtime: 1 hr 40 mins

Venue

Arcola Theatre
24 Ashwin St E8 3DL London, UK · Get Directions

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