After success last summer, Chamber Opera Tours returns to London with its original musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved final novel Persuasion, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death and its publication, at the 2017 Camden Fringe Festival. PERSUASION: A MUSICAL DRAMA runs for one night only at London’s Shaw Theatre on Monday 31 July 2017 at 7.30pm.
English novelist Jane Austen died on 18 July 1817. Persuasion, her last fully completed novel, was published six months after her death. It built on the acclaim for the novels published during her lifetime: Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815).
Persuasion is the story of a woman who has lost at love and gets a second chance. Anne Elliot has rejected a proposal of marriage from the one man she truly loved, Captain Frederick Wentworth. She was persuaded by her godmother that Captain Wentworth was unworthy, but after a separation of nearly a decade, he returns from sea with both rank and fortune. Anne is nearly an old maid and her once rich family faces bankruptcy. Can Anne win him back? Can he forgive her? Can their lost love be rekindled?
Chamber Opera Tour’s fully staged production of PERSUASION: A MUSICAL DRAMA has toured multiple UK and US cities over the past five years. It returns this summer with a company of 40 artists – singers, dancers, and orchestra members – under the direction of Coventry native Nick Sandys and Kyle Dougan (University of London). In addition to London, it visits Buxton, Winchester, Bristol, Stratford and Lyme Regis in July.
PERSUASION: A MUSICAL DRAMA is adapted by Barbara Landis and features a chamber orchestra with Celtic and period instruments, authentic costuming and sets, projected scenery, and world-champion Irish dancers. It has musical direction by Linda Madonia, choreography by Sara Stewart Schumann and projected scenery design by John Boesche.
Chamber Opera Tours is a professional, not-for-profit opera company devoted to making great opera affordable and presenting operas in English in intimate settings. Distinguished by first-rate conductors and orchestral players, Chamber Opera Tours have been highly praised by both critics and audience members alike. With award-winning designers and acclaimed directors from around the world, audiences can expect high quality, innovative productions that bring opera to life.