In 1948 – the year of Love Life’s Broadway premiere – husband and wife Sam and Susan Cooper try to recall a time when their marriage was happy.

They reckon it was in 1790… The show then follows the ups and downs of the Coopers’ family life through 150 turbulent years of American history – during which they do not age – to paint the portrait of a marriage and of a nation.

Kurt Weill collaborated with lyricist Alan Jay Lerner (of My Fair Lady fame) to create a Broadway musical that was way ahead of its time, anticipating the later innovations in form and content of Stephen Sondheim. But Weill also pays loving tribute to the traditions of American popular music – especially vaudeville – in a score full of hummable show tunes and dazzlingly inventive orchestration.

A hit on Broadway when it opened – the New York Daily Mirror called it “superlative entertainment – a song and dance show with great heart” – it has never been given a definitive recording. That will be set right when these special Opera North performances are recorded in collaboration with the Kurt Weill Foundation. Don’t miss a unique opportunity to catch this important, influential, brilliantly entertaining show.

From £16*
  • Leeds Grand Theatre

Running time
Approximately 3 hours

Sung in English with English subtitles

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Digital (£4) or printed (£8.50 including postage)

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When can I book?

Leeds and Bradford packages
Full Season Package renewals On sale
Patrons On sale
Friends On sale
All packages on sale 24 April

Leeds and Bradford single tickets
Patrons 9 May
Friends 16 May
Groups, U30s & Schools 28 May
All tickets on sale 29 May

Cast & creative

Quirijn de Lang

Sam Cooper

Stephanie Corley

Susan Cooper

James Holmes


Matthew Eberhardt


A woman with grey wavy hair.
Zahra Mansouri

Set & Costume Designer

Love Life

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