Based on the DuBose Heyward novel Porgy and Bess tells the moving story of the cripple Porgy and the residents of Charleston's famed Catfish Row. Recognized as an American masterpiece, the story entwines pride, prejudice, pathos and passion through a jazz and blues influenced score. Porgy and Bess introduced classic Gershwin songs like Summertime, I Got Plenty of Nuttin' and It Ain't Necessarily So, as well as magnificent and enthralling choruses that stunned music and drama critics alike at its premiere in 1935.


Clarke Peters (Porgy), Nicola Hughes (Bess), Cornell John (Crown), Dawn Hope (Serena), O-T Fagbenle (Sportin' Life), Melanie Marshall (Maria), Lorraine Velez, Edward Baruwa, Des Coleman, Sam Douglas, Harry Ditson, Maurey Richards, Wendy Mae Brown, Julian Cannonier, Ian Carlyle, Cavin Cornwall, Ruby King, Hannah Levane, Yolanda Grant-Thompson, Anton Stephans, Ewart James Walters, Josie Benson, Phillip Browne, Glenn Conroy, Chris Copeland, Lewis Davies, Nolan Frederick, Paul Isles, Holly James, Leroy Ricardo Jones, Stephen Lester, A.J. Lewis, George Daniel Long, Sandra Marvin, Nathaniel Morrison, Terel Nugent, Ngo Omene-Ngofa, Lisa Davina Phillip, Emi Wokoma


Author: Dubose Heyward
Music(s): Gershwin, Don Sebesky (orchestrations)
Producer(s): Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Howard Panter (for Ambassador Theatre Group and Tulbart Productions)
Adapted by(s): Trevor Nun, Gareth Valentine (music)
Director: Trevor Nunn
Design: John Gunter
Choreographer: Jason Pennycooke
Lighting: David Hersey
Costume: Sue Blane
Sound: Paul Groothuis
Musical Director: David White
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Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T0596936020. Details of all Porgy and Bess archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S2060

Archive Listings

25 Oct 06
5 May 07
Savoy Theatre
West End
Greater London

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