CORONAVIRUS: currently, all theatres and related venues are closed. Shows are either being cancelled, postponed or rescheduled and we are trying to keep up with all the changes. There are currently few changes after May 2020 and many shows that were due for April have been pushed back towards the end of Autumn. Pantomimes are looking like a safe bet at the moment ;-)
Based on the true story of a young miner in the North East of England during the mining strikes of the 1830s, The Blackened Man tells the tale of Will Jobling, who is falsely accused of murdering a magistrate and sentenced to death by hanging - his body, dipped in tar, left on a gibbet over the Jarrow marshes as an example to the striking miners. Woven into this dark tale is the story of the love between Will and his young wife Isabella and the treachery of his friend Ralph Armstrong. Commissioned as part of the 'International Giuseppe Verdi Competition for the composition of a lyric opera', The Blackened Man was one of only three operas to be accepted into the finals by a panel of judges that included Paola Arca, Pierluigi Petrobelli and Hans Werner Henze. Showcase performances - semi staged.