Jeremy Herrin

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The Moderate Soprano

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Writer David Hare Starring
  • Roger Allam
  • Nancy Carroll
  • Paul Jesson
  • Nick Sampson
  • George Taylor
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    Hampstead Theatre, Duke of York's Theatre

    Nobody can doubt John Christie’s passion or his formidable will: he wooed his opera singer wife with a determination befitting a man who won the Military Cross. Now, in 1934, this Etonian science teacher’s admiration for the works of Wagner leads him to embark on an ambitious project: the construction of an Opera House on his estate in Sussex.

    But such is the scale of the enterprise that passion alone may not be enough. It’s only when a famous violinist is accidentally fogged in overnight in Eastbourne that Christie first hears word of a group of refugees for whom life in Germany is becoming impossible. Perhaps they can deliver Christie’s vision of the sublime – assuming of course they’re willing to cast his wife in the lead…

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    Beautifully directed by Jeremy Herrin, the play is a testament to artistic vision and amatory passion

    Michael Billington
    The Guardian

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