CORONAVIRUS: 22Feb21 UpdateAll UK venues closed on 16th March 2020. After the Prime Minister's announcement it would appear that, subject to continued control of the virus, venues may re-open with social distancing and limits on audiences from 17th May. Social distancing restrictions may be removed from 21st June. We will continue to update our listings as much as possible to reflect the changes as/when they are reported.
An American naval officer (Pinkerton) 'acquires' a 15 year old Geisha wife during a stay in Japan - but has no intention of staying with her. After a while he returns to the USA and marries his fiancee. Meanwhile, Butterfly waits for him for three years, cut off from her family, religion and culture by being an American wife. And she is now a mother. When he finally returns she is overjoyed, but he brings with him his new wife. Story originally published in a magazine. The spectacular 'In the Round' Production of Puccini's tragic masterpiece staged in an enchanting Japanese Water Garden.Performers Li Ping Zhang, Nancy Yuen, Richard Roberts (Pinkerton, Alan Oke (Pinkerton), Marcia Bellamy, Mika Shigematsu, Keith Latham, Phillip Joll, Richard Angas, Dean Robinson, Aled Hall, Richard Whitehouse, Alison Kettlewell, Kuei-Lin, Richard Mosley-Evans, Paul Putnins, Miao Lu, Jeanette Ager, Ee Ping Yee, Ludovieco Fahey, Ross Malloy, Oliver Golding.
Music Puccini. Lyrics Giuseppe Giacosa. Lyrics Luigi Illica (1904). Producer Raymond Gubbay. Director David Freeman. Conductor Peter Robinson. Design David Roger. Lighting Andrew Bridge. Translation Amanda Holden. Company BBC Concert Orchestra.
Sunday Times (11Jan01): The principal delights of the 2000 revival remain Rodger s beautiful Japanese water-garden set, and the moving heroine of the Chinese Li Ping Zhang, who touches the heartstrings with her truthful acting and her clean full-throated singing.
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