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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.


Rufus Bonds Jr (Porgy), Nicola Hughes (Bess), Phillip Boykin (Crown), Sharon D Clarke (Mariah), Jade Ewen (Clara), Cedric Neal (Sportin' Life), Golda Rosheuvel (Serena), Leon Lopez (Jake)


Author: Dubose Heyward
Music: Gershwin
Producer: Open Air Theatre
Director: Timothy Sheader
Design: Katrina Lindsay
Lighting: Rick Fisher
Choreographer: Liam Steel
Costume: Katrina Lindsay
Musical Director: David Shrubsole
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Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T1232261959. Details of all Porgy and Bess archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S2060

Archive Listings

17 Jul 14
23 Aug 14
Open Air Theatre
West End
Greater London

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