FEATURED SHOWS: Cosi Cosi at the King’s Head, Reviews are in!

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Have you seen the reviews for our current Featured Show, or rather Shows: the King’s Head Theatre inspired pairing of Mozart’s classic opera Cosi Fan Tutte with modern play Cosi? … Scroll down for links and pull quotes from some of our favourite reviews.

Cosi Fan Tutte is directed by Paul Higgins, returning opera to the King’s Head. It’s performed in repertory with Cosi, written by Australian dramatist Louis Nowra and directed by Wayne Harrison, former artistic director of Sydney Theatre Company. It stars Australian actor and comedian Mark Little, who returns to the piece after appearing in its UK premiere in 2008.

In Cosi, young theatre director Lewis is staging a production of Mozart’s comic opera Così fan tutte. The catch? The cast are patients from a mental institution, none of whom can speak Italian… or sing. Can this unlikely cohort, including an obsessive-compulsive, a manic depressive and a junkie, pull it off? Or will a patient with a penchant for pyromania spoil all the fun?

As Vietnam War protests rage outside and Lewis confronts the enormity of his task, he begins to realise the frightening and attractive power of madness, politics, theatre and love.

Speaking about the programming, King’s Head artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher commented:

“This is a bold choice for the King’s Head, and a chance for audiences old and new to try different strands of our programme. The two productions share only a title – a designer – and the themes of love and fidelity.”

Running in rep at the King’s Head Theatre in Islington, north London, Cosi continues until Saturday 2 April, Cosi Fan Tutte continues Sunday 3 April 2016.


Reviews

★★★★ – DAILY EXPRESS
‘Louis Nowra’s play Cosi is a hoot from start to finish… the best double bill in town and my most entertainingly comic evening for a long time.’

★★★★ – THE TIMES

‘A pitch-perfect mix of humour, psychiatric insight and compassion… laceratingly funny’
★★★★ – THE STAGE
‘While this reworking of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte sees a welcome return to form, the real coup de theatre is performing it alongside Louis Nowra’s black comedy Cosi.’
TNT MAGAZINE
‘There’s method in the madness… an ensemble of quirkily endearing, multidimensional individuals’
★★★★★ – LIVE THEATRE UK
‘Wayne Harrison’s production of Cosi is that rare theatrical pearl: exotic (the accents make it so), beautiful and perfectly nurtured. It glistens with wit and humanity’
★★★★★ – LONDON THEATRE 1
‘Exceeded all expectations… I urge you to try and see both the Opera and the Play. This is something special, I promise you’
★★★★ – REVIEWS HUB
 ‘A light-hearted look at a serious subject, and a clever theatrical ploy, to put this spoof on in conjunction with a “proper” staging of the opera it apes.’
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