A Handel / Weill double bill

Acis & Galatea | The Seven Deadly Sins

11 Nov–21 Nov 2020

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Simple country life collides with the sins of the city in this Handel / Weill double bill.

The evening opens with a contemporary take on Handel’s Acis & Galatea, a light-hearted pastoral opera inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The nymph Galatea and the shepherd Acis are falling in love but when the monstrously jealous Polyphemus appears on the scene, their happiness is threatened… Anthony Kraus leads a 15-strong orchestra through a beautiful score that swings from the joyous to the melancholic, from the hearty ‘Happy We’ to the poignant chorus ‘Mourn, All Ye Muses!’ Featuring Nicholas Watts (The Turn of the Screw) as Acis and Amy Freston (The Merry Widow) as Galatea.

In Weill’s jazzy Seven Deadly Sins, we meet Anna and Anna: one person, two personalities. Sent away for seven years to make money for their struggling family, they journey between seven cities from Philadelphia to San Francisco, and encounter sloth, pride, wrath, gluttony, lust, greed and envy on the way. As they do, they dance, sing, argue and bear the sardonic commentary of their family. Weill’s playful and shimmering ‘sung ballet’ – his final collaboration with Brecht – is directed and choreographed by Gary Clarke (Street Scene) and features Wallis Giunta (Trouble in Tahiti) and dancer Shelley Eva Haden as the two Annas.

Kurt Weill | Libretto by Bertold Brecht | Translation by Michael Feingold

Performances will be held indoors with performers and audiences socially-distanced. Tickets are limited in accordance with government guidance, please see our COVID safety measures for further information.

Price
£14–£45*
Venue
  • Leeds Playhouse

Running time
Acis & Galatea: 85 minutes
Interval: 30 minutes
The Seven Deadly Sins: 35 minutes

Language
In English with surtitles 

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Cast & Creative: Acis & Galatea

Amy Freston

Galatea 

Nicholas Watts

Acis

Matthew Stiff

Polyphemus

Rupert Charlesworth

Damon

Warren Gillespie

Chorus

Hazel Croft

Chorus

James Davies

Chorus

Tim Ochala-Greenough

Chorus

Anthony Kraus

Conductor     

Anna Pool

Director

George Johnson-Leigh

Designer

Cast & Creative: The Seven Deadly Sins

Wallis Giunta

Anna I  

Shelley Eva Haden

Anna II        

Campbell Russell

Father 

Stuart Laing

Brother

Nicholas Butterfield

Brother 

Dean Robinson 

Mother 

James Holmes

Conductor

Gary Clarke

Director     

George Johnson-Leigh

Designer           

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