Libuse


Born into a celebrated legal dynasty, Libuše, having inherited her late father's firm, is queen of the corporate world and obliged to assert herself as its leader, working tirelessly to expand the firm and prove herself.
UCOpera - Libuöe at Bloomsbury Theatre

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Overview


Genre: Opera
Venue: Bloomsbury Theatre
Started: Monday 18 March 2019
Closes: Saturday 23 March 2019
Running time:3 hrs 00 mins
Age suitability: Not available

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Background


In its 68th year UCOpera is continuing its popular tradition of staging lesser-known operas with this year's production of the British staged premiere of Bedrich Smetana's Libuše.


Returning to the newly refurbished Bloomsbury Theatre, the cast and orchestra, composed of both professionals and members of the student body, will be led by musical director Charles Peebles, with direction by Cecilia Stinton.


Synopsis


"O, that she might only choose a husband, capable of restraining passion!"


Composed in 1871-72, UCO reimagines Smetana's Bohemian queen and her medieval court in the modern-day city, where soaring skyscrapers promise glamour and wealth at a human cost.


Born into a celebrated legal dynasty, Libuše, having inherited her late father's firm, is queen of the corporate world and obliged to assert herself as its leader, working tirelessly to expand the firm and prove herself.


A quarrel between her two most-valued senior partners, Chrudoš and St'áhlav, throws the stability of her company into jeopardy, and Chrudoš' sexist attack on her leadership threatens to push Libuše over the edge.


Tasked with arbitrating over their argument, Libuše feels the true loneliness of being a woman at the top.


Who can give Libuše the support she needs?


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Theatre


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Box office tel: 020 3108 1000

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Dates


Previews from:Monday 18 March 2019

Press night:Monday 18 March 2019

Closes:Saturday 23 March 2019

Performance days & times


Evening:

Monday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Intervals:1

Matinee:
-

Tickets


Standard:
£25

Concessions:

£17 Concessions (60+, U18)


£9 all students


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Cast


KIRSTIN SHARPIN - Libuse

BOB DAVIES - Premysl

JOHN MACKENZIE - Lutobor

EVE DANIELL - Krasava

WILL BENNETT - Radovan

JAMES QUILLIGAN - Chrudos

BEN HARDING - Stáhlav

ANANYA SAMUEL - Radmila


Creatives


Author: Bedrich Smetana
Director: Cecilia Stinton
Set designer: Holly Muir
Costume designer: Alzebeta Kurdelova
Musical direction: Charles Peebles
Choreography: Ester Rudhart
Lighting: Alex Forey
Production: UCOpera

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