CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020 and there is currently no planned re-opening time though it will not be before 1st June 2020 and is most likely to be September (according to some West End producers).
Some shows have been cancelled, or closed early, but many are being rescheduled and we are trying to keep up with the changes - assume that anything posted for April to August is actually postponed or cancelled. It now looks likely that little will return till 2021.
Part of the BBC Proms. Based on Milton and miraculously composed within a month of Messiah (Prom 68), Handel's Samson opens with Israel's former champion blinded and imprisoned but ends in triumph as he topples the temple of Dagon down upon the feasting Philistines and, through his suicide, sets his people free. In the 250th anniversary of the composer's death, the hero's heartbreaking lament over his lost sight, 'Total eclipse! No sun, no moon, all dark amidst the blaze of noon!' - gains added poignancy from the knowledge that Handel himself would soon go blind. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket makes his Proms debut conducting a starry line-up of British singers, several making their second appearance this season. Approx finish time: 22:20 Performers Susan Gritton (Dalila), Iestyn Davies (Micah), Mark Padmore (Samson), Neal Davies (Manoa), Christopher Purves (Harapha), Lucy Crowe (Israelite woman/Philsitine woman/Virgin), Ben Johnson (Israelite man/Philistine man/Messenger). CompanyChoir of the English Concert.CompanyThe New Company.CompanyEnglish Concert.ConductorHarry Bicket.