Street Scene

Kurt Weill

18 Jan - 20 Mar 2020

Dates & venues

In a city that never sleeps, it doesn’t pay to have a dream…

On a stiflingly hot summer’s day in New York, a family is pushed to breaking point. Frank is angry at a world that’s changing too fast, his daughter Rose longs for a better life away from the squalor of the city, and his unhappy wife Anna struggles with a terrible secret that could tear them all apart… As the heat builds, the tension erupts into violence and their lives are changed forever.

Weill’s richly-varied score blends opera with the music of golden-age Broadway. Soaring arias and duets rub shoulders with jazz and the jitterbug, and Puccini shakes hands with Gershwin.

With numbers such as ‘Lonely House’ and ‘Moon-faced, Starry-eyed’, it’s little wonder that Street Scene was awarded Best Original Score at the very first Tony Awards in 1947.

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Price
£15 to £75*
Venues
  • Leeds Grand Theatre
  • Theatre Royal Newcastle
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays
  • Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Running time
Approximately 2 hours 45 minutes

Language
Sung in English

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A co-production with Theater Magdeburg
Supported by a generous gift from
The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Funded in part by the
Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., New York, NY

Story

Manhattan is in the throes of a heatwave and in a bustling block of apartments, the residents struggle to go about their daily business. Two women stand on the stoop outside, gossiping about their neighbour, Anna Maurrant. Rumour is she’s having an affair with Sankey the milkman.

That night, Anna’s daughter, Rose, is harassed by the brutish Vincent Jones as she tries to return home. Her neighbour, the meek Sam Kaplan comes to her defence but is knocked down. Rose comforts Sam as he laments a life lived in the squalor of Manhattan’s slums.

The next day, Frank Maurrant leaves town on business and Sam tries to convince Rose to elope with him. With her husband gone, Anna invites Sankey up to her apartment but suddenly Frank reappears. In a blind rage, he murders them. Rose returns just in time to see her mortally wounded mother carried off on a stretcher.

Later that day, Frank is apprehended by the police. Sam tries again to convince Rose to elope with him, but she decides she must now go off on her own. As the sun sets and yet another day ends the residents return to the stoop outside, gossiping and complaining about the heat.

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Cast

Giselle Allen

Anna Maurrant

Robert Hayward

Frank Maurrant

Gillene Butterfield

Rose Maurrant (ex. 17, 20 March)

Alison Langer

Rose Maurrant (17, 20 March)

Alex Banfield

Sam Kaplan

Miranda Bevin

Greta Fiorentino

Christopher Turner

Lippo Fiorentino

Claire Pascoe

Emma Jones

Richard Mosley-Evans

George Jones

Michelle Andrews

Mae Jones

Rodney Vubya

Dick McGann

Amy J Payne

Olga Olsen

John Savournin

Carl Olsen

Byron Jackson

Henry Davis (Leeds)

Jo Servi

Henry Davis (Tour)

Quirijn de Lang

Harry Easter

Stuart Laing

Daniel Buchanan

Dean Robinson

Abraham Kaplan

Laura Kelly-McInroy

Jennie Hildebrand

Creative team

James Holmes

Conductor

Matthew Eberhardt

Director

Francis O’Connor

Set & Costume Designer

Howard Hudson

Lighting Designer

Gary Clarke

Choreographer

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