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.”