London, United Kingdom
Cast : Eliot Giuralarocca, Phillip Madoc, Anthony Pedley, Michael Burgess, Rebecca Hurley, Anna Sandstrom, Alex Ashworth, Gordon Adams, Phillip, John Joseph Furlong. Jose Triguero, Oceane Peillet, Katarina Rosen, Elizabeth Ann Atkinson, Trevor Boston Springfield
Directed by Eliot Giuralarocca
Original Direction - Anna Tolput
Musical Direction - Christopher Monks
Set Design - Helen Stewart
Lighting Design - Tom White
Cheoreography - Anna Gasparetto
TSM - Robin Turney-Smith
SM - Jade Nagi
Despite the seriousness of the account of Monteverdi's last days, Eliot Giuralarocca's Irreverent, raucous production also captures the wonder, the comedy and the delight.
Anthony Pedley as Monteverdi gives what can only be described as a magnificent performance and, accompanied by two violins, two violas, cello, lute, harpsichord and percussion, the singers make lots of melting sound that is enhanced by the acoustic intimacy of the theatre. The final duet from Poppea is always ravishing, but particularly so tonight. Eliot Giuralarocca's superb production gives us an evening of sincerity without a hint of Monty Python.
Francis Reid : A Habit of Handel
Monteverdi's Flying Circus should win new friends for a composer who can sometimes seem a tad unapproachable. The show takes the most catchy and melodic extracts from Monteverdi's operas and madrigals, interleaved with the exuberant drama and set them against the background of carnival time in Venice. This is a stunning piece of theatre.
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