In the Autumn of 1987 director Graham Vick and conductor Simon Halsey staged a production of Verdi's Falstaff in Cocks Moors Wood Leisure Centre, Birmingham. With a reduced orchestra (arranged by Jonathan Dove), it was the beginning of the world's most radical and exciting opera company.

  

Kate Flowers, Angela Hickey, Margaret McDonald and Patrick Wheatley in rehearsals for Falstaff.

 

Patrick Wheatley padding up for his role as Sir John Falstaff with a (very young) Graham Vick watching; Photo by Robert Workman

Patrick Wheatley padding up for his role as Sir John Falstaff with a (very young) Graham Vick watching.

 

Patrick Wheatley in rehearsal for Falstaff (1987); Photo by Robert Workman

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