Preludes


Sergei Rachmaninoff has it all; world-wide fame from a single composition by the age of 19, commissioned to write his first symphony at 20 and engaged to the love of his life, Natalya. But at 21 he is crippled with a depressive paranoia and anxiety.
Preludes at Southwark Playhouse

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Overview


Genre: Musical
Venue: Southwark Playhouse
Starts: Friday 6 September 2019
Closes: Saturday 12 October 2019
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available

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Background


Dave Malloy is a composer and writer of some of the most exciting new music theatre works.


His best-known piece, Natasha Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, based on War and Peace, started at Ars Nova in New York before transferring to Broadway's Imperial Theatre where it played to huge critical and audience acclaim and was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, the highest number of nominations in the 2017 awards season, including Best Musical.


Synopsis


Sergei Rachmaninoff has it all; world-wide fame from a single composition by the age of 19, commissioned to write his first symphony at 20 and engaged to the love of his life, Natalya.


But at 21 he is crippled with a depressive paranoia and anxiety.


His world has imploded, his work has stopped, he cannot even lift a pencil to compose a simple melody.


Such is the power of the men who sought to destroy him, who haunt his waking nightmares and poison his dreams.


And when those men happen to be the greatest artists of their day, how do you come back, how do you escape the darkness and come into the light?


Based on a true story of Rachmaninoff's sessions of hypnotherapy, Preludes is an extraordinary new musical by three-time Tony Award-nominee Dave Malloy.


It examines the crippling debilitation and harm the world can do to people, and how the dramatic and musical process can be used as therapy to restore them back into the fullest of creative lives.


Using live piano and electronics, Malloy uses a hybrid of his own and Rachmaninoff's compositions to create a dream-like world that takes us to the darkest recesses of Rachmaninoff's mind.


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Dates


Previews from:Friday 6 September 2019

Press night:Wednesday 11 September 2019

Closes:Saturday 12 October 2019

Performance days & times


Evening:

Monday ‑ 7‑30pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Matinee:

Tuesday - 3-00pm

Saturday - 3-00pm


Tickets


Previews:
£16

Standard:
£27.50

Concessions:
£22

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Cast


Rebecca Caine

Norton James

Georgia Louise

Tom Noyes

Keith Ramsay

Tim Walton


Creatives


Author: Dave Malloy
Composer: Dave Malloy
Lyricist: Dave Malloy
Director: Alex Sutton
Designer: Rebecca Brower
Musical direction: Jordan Li-Smith
Choreography: Ste Clough
Lighting: Christopher Nairne
Sound: Andrew Johnson
Production: Danielle Tarento, in association with Citric Acid Productions

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