Libretto A Preis and D Shostakovich
After the short story by Nikolai Leskov
English version based on the translation by David Pountney
 
Conductor Alpesh Chauhan 
Director Graham Vick 
Design Block9 
Movement Director Ron Howell 
Lighting Design Giuseppe Di Iorio
Chorus Master Jonathan Laird
 
Birmingham Opera Company Chorus and Actors
 

STORY

The wife has married for money.
 
She and her husband are tyrannised by the Father in Law bitter that they have not bred him a grandchild.
 
When the husband leaves on business the wife takes a lover - a new worker. The Father inLaw finds out and whips the lover to the brink of death. The wife poisons her father in law. Determined to make her new found happiness last she kills the husband, hides the body and marries the lover.
 
The police, unhappy at not being invited to the wedding crash the party and find the body.
In prison, she finds out exactly who she has married.
 

CAST

The Wife Chrystal E Williams The Priest James Ioelu
The Father in Law Eric Greene  The Father in Law's Ghost Eric Greene
The Husband Joshua Stewart The Chief of Police Quentin Hayes 
The Lover Brenden Gunnell The Arresting Officer Themba Mvula
The Engineer Themba Mvula The Socialist Edward Harrisson
The Driver Dominick Felix  The Drunken Guest Dominick Felix 
The Maid Grace Nyandoro The Prison Guards Themba Mvula, James Ioelu
The Seedy Lout James Kryshak  The Prisoner Eric Greene 
The Porter Andrew Clarke The Pole Dancer Lilly Papaioannou
The Steward James Ioelu The Other Woman Grace Nyandoro
The Three Foremen Andrew Clarke, Dominick Felix, Jack Sandison  

TICKETS

TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT.

Performances: 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 March 2019

Venue: The Tower Ballroom, Birmingham, B16 9EE

  • Performances start at 19.00 and run until approximately 22.15. There will be a 20-minute interval.
  • For this production there will be no seating - you will be moving with the action.  There is a limited number of places for those with limited mobility and wheelchair users. These must be reserved in advance
  • Recommended ages 16+

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