A chance meeting between ex-lovers sparks a game of romantic musical chairs over a weekend in the country, as hopelessly mismatched couples find themselves confronted by their own vanities and deceptions.
Glistening with wit and romance, Sondheim’s tantalising tale flirts with musical theatre and opera, and includes the classic song ‘Send in the Clowns’.
This new production is the latest collaboration between Opera North and Leeds Playhouse following the critically acclaimed Into the Woods (2016). Dame Josephine Barstow stars as Madam Arnfeldt, while Quirijn de Lang and Stephanie Corley, last seen together as sparring partners in Kiss Me, Kate, are Frederik and Desiree.
Featuring Opera North’s award-winning Chorus and directed by the Playhouse’s Artistic Director James Brining, expect a glorious evening that is heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | Book by Hugh Wheeler
Original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Suggested by a film by Ingmar Bergman | Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited
Quirijn de Lang
Dame Josephine Barstow
Amy J Payne
Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm
Countess Charlotte Malcolm
Gillene Butterfield *
Miranda Bevin †
Molly Barker *
Amy Freston †
Claire Pascoe *
Hazel Croft †
Dean Robinson *
James Davies †
Tim Ochala-Greenough *
Stuart Laing †
Set & Costume Designer
† Cast members will perform on:
29 June, 2, 3, 9, 10, 14, 15 July
*Cast members will perform on:
26, 30 June, 1, 7, 8, 16, 17 July
** 29 June, 8 July (evening), 9 & 10 July (matinee & evening), 17 July (matinee)