Opera Theatre

Thursday 5 June 2014 in London

By | Published on Friday 30 May 2014

Benevenuto Cellini

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

OPERA: Benvenuto Cellini | English National Opera | 5-27 Jun (pictured)
The great Mr Terry Gilliam, overlord of all that’s grand and imaginative, adapts this brand spanking take on Berlioz’s rarely-aired opera – a labyrinthine saga of thwarted love, intrigue, disguise, and mistaken identity – adding in an array of dazzling set-pieces, not least a giant, vibrant scene set at the Mardi Gras. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Fathers And Sons | Donmar Warehouse | 5-26 Jul
Playwright Brian Friel’s dramatisation of the story by Ivan Turgenev follows two young graduates who arrive at a country house, one promoting a radical philosophy and attacking his traditionalist hosts, in a thrilling excavation of the widening gaps between different generations. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Mr Burns | Almeida Theatre | 5 Jun – 26 Jul
Carrying a warning about “strong language, on-stage smoking and some loud gun shot sounds”, this smart post-apocalyptic play by Anne Washburn asks how the stories we tell define us, and cracks open the disparities between pop and high culture. All through the prism of the US’s most famed family, ‘The Simpsons’, and what might happen to them if the American dream were to end. Details and tickets here.

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