A new opera by Edward Rushton and Jeet Thayil
Following the success of the award-winning production Into the Little Hill, internationally renowned company, The Opera Group, return to the Howard Assembly Room with their new opera, Babur in London.
Babur in London tells a haunting story of four young people in today’s society grappling with their beliefs, the consequences of their actions, and their feelings for each other.
In a London suburb four young men and women are preparing a terrorist act. As their mission draws closer, they are disturbed by the ghost of Babur, first Mughal Emperor - poet and warrior, who died 500 years ago. Challenging their convictions he calls them ‘children playing at battle, in love with death’, but what are his motives for interfering?
The piece combines the contemporary poetry of Jeet Thayil with original music by esteemed composer Edward Rushton, described by The Guardian as "a brilliant young composer." Directed by John Fulljames.
You can view the programme (which includes the full libretto) here.
Running time approx. 80 minutes. No interval.
There will be a post performance talk on Thursday 14 June entitled 'What is it like to be a Muslim in Britain today?'.
The Opera Group Production, Co-Produced with Anvil Arts, Basingstoke and Opera North. The Opera Group previously won The Evening Standard Award for Best Musical for Street Scene in 2008.
Suggested age suitability 14+
‘Corrosively lyrical, jaggedly theatrical’ The Times on composer Edward Rushton
This production is supported by the Opera North Future Fund