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Cape Town Opera returns to London with Porgy

Published 28 December 2011

Cape Town Opera will return to London next summer with a revival of its 2009 production of Porgy And Bess. Following a UK tour, the show will play a two-week run at the London Coliseum.

George Gershwin’s iconic opera was written in 1935 and features lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin. The show, which marks 75 years since George Gershwin’s untimely death, will run at London’s prestigious opera venue from 11 to 21 July.

Set during the 1920s in America’s Deep South, Porgy And Bess tells the story of Porgy, a disabled beggar living in the busy community of Catfish Row, who desperately tries to save the beautiful Bess from her violent boyfriend Crown and the sleazy dope-dealer Sportin’ Life.

The seminal piece features songs including Summertime, I Got Plenty Of Nuttin’, It Ain’t Necessarily So and I Love You Porgy.

Renowned for its gifted young singers, Cape Town Opera is the largest performing arts company in South Africa. The company made its critically acclaimed UK debut with Porgy And Best in 2009 with The Times declaring: “You’d need a heart of concrete not to come out smiling.” 

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