As much a chronicle of the origins of the Glyndebourne Festival as a metaphor for the pursuit of any artistic enterprise, David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano (which is directed by Jeremy Hennin) works on many different levels.
Jeremy Herrin’s production transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre, having played at the Hampstead Theatre (running until 30 June 2018). But what have critics been making of David Hare’s play?
The frenzy of John Christie, founder-owner of Glyndebourne’s opera house – a tubby, determined man with a yearning for sublimity –receives, in this lovely play The Moderate Soprano, the respect that it should.
David Hare’s critically acclaimed play The Moderate Soprano will make its West End premiere next spring at the Duke of York’s Theatre, with Olivier Award winners Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll reprising their roles.
This week the London theatre bloggers discuss three new plays beyond the West End: David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano at Hampstead Theatre, Jon Brittain’s Rotterdam at Theatre 503 and Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of Meera Syal’s novel Anita and Me at Theatre Royal Stratford East.
A play about the foundation of Glyndebourne Opera – “Snobs on the grass” as some cruel postwar journalist wrote? Tartan picnic rugs, Fortnums’ hampers, corporate networking? By David Hare?? Get away with you!
David Hare is one of those playwrights who talks with enormous imaginative sympathy about the work of other writers. To read what he says about John Osborne or Harold Pinter is to have your view of them changed for ever. But when he first had the idea of writing about his own life, as opposed to his work, he was unsure.
I’ve had ten days in London between a holiday in Gran Canaria and heading to New York — and have been to fifteen shows. But I’m finally giving up on going to live concerts.
David Hare’s charming new play is a very English account of a very English institution – Glyndebourne. The Moderate Soprano tells the story of John Christie, an eccentric English businessman who in the 1930s decided to build an opera house next to his house and garden in Sussex, thus creating Glyndebourne. But he didn’t do it alone.
Hampstead Theatre is delighted to announce an outstanding cast for David Hare’s fascinating new play. Joining Roger Allam, who plays John Christie, are Nancy Carroll as Audrey Mildmay, Paul Jesson as Dr Fritz Busch, Nick Sampson as Professor Carl Ebertand George Taylor as Rudolf Bing. Acclaimed writer David Hare returns to Hampstead following The Judas Kiss which transferred to the …