Nobody can doubt John Christie's passion or his formidable will: he wooed his opera singer wife with a determination befitting a man who won the Military Cross. Now, in 1934, this Etonian science teacher's admiration for the works of Wagner leads him to embark on an ambitious project: the construction of an Opera House on his estate in Sussex. But such is the scale of the enterprise that passion alone may not be enough. It's only when a famous violinist is accidentally fogged in overnight in Eastbourne that Christie first hears word of a group of refugees for whom life in Germany is becoming impossible. Perhaps they can deliver Christie's vision of the sublime - assuming of course they're willing to cast his wife in the lead.Performers Roger Allam (John Christie), Nancy Carroll (Audrey Mildmay), Paul Jesson (Dr Fritz Busch), Nick Sampson (Professor Carl Ebert), George Taylor (Rudolf Bing).
Author David Hare. Producer Hampstead Theatre. Director Jeremy Herrin. Design Rae Smith.